Hana Khan Carries On
For fans of You've Got Mail, a young woman juggles pursuing her dream job in radio while helping her family compete with the new halal restaurant across the street, in this sparkling new rom-com by the author of Ayesha at Last.
Sales are slow at Three Sisters Biryani Poutine, the only halal restaurant in the close-knit Golden Crescent neighborhood of Toronto. Hana waitresses there part time, but what she really wants is to tell stories on the radio. If she can just outshine her fellow intern at the city radio station, she may have a chance at landing a job. In the meantime, Hana pours her thoughts and dreams into a podcast, where she forms a lively relationship with one of her listeners. But soon she'll need all the support she can get: a new competing restaurant, a more upscale halal place, is about to open in the Golden Crescent, threatening her mother's restaurant.
When her mysterious aunt and her teenage cousin arrive from India for a surprise visit, they draw Hana into a long-buried family secret. A hate-motivated attack on their neighborhood complicates the situation further, as does Hana's growing attraction for Aydin, the young owner of the rival restaurant--who might not be a complete stranger after all.
As life on the Golden Crescent unravels, Hana must learn to use her voice, draw on the strength of her community and decide what her future should be.
- Paperback | 368 pages
- 138 x 208 x 25mm | 306g
- 13 Apr 2021
- Penguin Putnam Inc
- Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S.
- United States
"Hana Khan Carries On is a sweet and satisfying retelling of 'You've Got Mail' and absolutely irresistible. I read the whole book in one sitting and cannot wait for more from Uzma Jalaluddin!"--Sonya Lalli, author of Serena Singh Flips the Script
This enemies-to-lovers romance is fun, family-driven and heartfelt.--Washington Post
Jalaluddin follows Ayesha at Last with another charming contemporary romance, which maintains a fun, energetic mood while tackling serious themes of prejudice.--Publishers Weekly
A delicious treat filled with South Asian fervor and Canadian heart.--Kirkus Reviews
The clever and independent protagonist, large cast of vivid characters, strong family ties, and satisfying enemies-to-lovers trope all have the feel of a classic remake and will thoroughly delight readers looking for modern Indian Muslim representation in a love story that hits real-life issues on the way to a very satisfying conclusion.--Booklist
Packed with emotion, this romance is also a beautifully written coming-of-age story about a first-generation immigrant. Hana is a relatable, flawed narrator, and the other characters are complex, nuanced, and well-developed. The story is intricately plotted, with dramatic, often heartwrenching scenes that build to a satisfying, realistic conclusion.... Readers won't be able to put this Own Voices Muslim romance down.--Library Journal (starred review)
This [book] brings warmth and sizzle in spades.--Elle Canada
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