Ayesha at Last (Paperback)Uzma Jalaluddin (author)
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Shortlisted for the Hearst Big Books Award, 2019
'Enchanting, achingly funny and uplifting, Ayesha at Last is a must read!' Randa Abdel-Fattah
A big-hearted, captivating, modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice, with hijabs instead of top hats and kurtas instead of corsets.
AYESHA SHAMSI has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been overtaken by a demanding teaching job. Her boisterous Muslim family, and numerous (interfering) aunties, are professional naggers. And her flighty young cousin, about to reject her one hundredth marriage proposal, is a constant reminder that Ayesha is still single.
Ayesha might be a little lonely, but the one thing she doesn't want is an arranged marriage. And then she meets Khalid... How could a man so conservative and judgmental (and, yes, smart and annoyingly handsome) have wormed his way into her thoughts so quickly?
As for Khalid, he's happy the way he is; his mother will find him a suitable bride. But why can't he get the captivating, outspoken Ayesha out of his mind? They're far too different to be a good match, surely...
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 247 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm
Uzma Jalaluddin blazes a brilliant new trail with Ayesha At Last, a captivating romance set in the Muslim community, brimming with humour and heart. You will fall in love with Ayesha and Khalid-an Elizabeth and Darcy for our times. * Ausma Zehanat Khan, author of A Dangerous Crossing *
Ayesha At Last is a cross-cultural pleasure, a romp, a modern, Muslim salute to Pride and Prejudice. The lovely, witty writing is testimony to an excellent eye and ear at work. * Elinor Lipman, author of On Turpentine Lane and The Inn at Lake Devine *
Enchanting, achingly funny and uplifting, Ayesha at Last is a must read! * Randa Abdel-Fattah, author of Does My Head Look Big in This? *
An excellent modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. With humor and abundant cultural references, Jalaluddin cleverly illustrates the social pressures facing young Indian-Muslim adults. A highly entertaining tale of family, community, and romance. * Publishers Weekly, starred review *
A lively and raucous story that mixes a zany cast of characters with a tightly wound plot... Delicious, adorable and entertaining. * Kirkus, starred review *
Delightful. Innovative, relevant and so very relatable. * Asian Life Magazine *
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“Punchy and beautiful”
What a treasure of a book, a romance of the sort Jane Austin herself would approve. Full of individual and well thought out characters who we learn to love as the story progresses.
Well written and pacey it’s very... More
I was completely surprised by how much I enjoyed 'Ayesha at Last' by Uzma Zalaluddin. I'm always a little sceptical about literary reworkings and in particular from a beloved author like Jane Austen.... More
I really enjoyed this book. The story is based on Pride and Prejudice and the Mr Darcy element is definitely captured in Khalid. I thought there were just enough links to pride and prejudice but it wasn't a... More
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