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For readers of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous and My Brilliant Friend, an unforgettable story about female friendship and queer love in a Muslim-American community"I LOVED EVERY MOMENT." --Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! "ENCHANTING." --Mira Jacob, author of Good TalkRazia Mirza grows up amid the wild grape vines and backyard sunflowers of Corona, Queens, with her best friend, Saima, by her side. When a family rift drives the girls apart, Razia's heart is broken. She finds solace in Taslima, a new girl in her close-knit Pakistani-American community. They embark on a series of small rebellions: listening to scandalous music, wearing miniskirts, and cutting school to explore the city. When Razia is accepted to Stuyvesant, a prestigious high school in Manhattan, the gulf between the person she is and the daughter her parents want her to be, widens.

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Bushra Rehman

Bushra Rehman is a poet, novelist and teaching artist. Her poetry collection Marianna's Beauty Salon, has been described by Joseph Legaspi as "a love poem for Muslim girls, Queens, and immigrants making sense of their foreign home--and surviving." Her novel Corona, a dark comedy about being South Asian American, was noted by Poets & Writers among the year's Best Debut Fiction and her co-edited anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism was chosen as one of Ms. Magazine's "100 Best Non-fiction Books of All Time." Rehman's first YA novel Corona: Stories of a Queens Girlhood is forthcoming from Tor/Macmillan. She is creator of the community-based writing workshop Two Truths and a Lie: Writing Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction.www.bushrarehman.com

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