Fun and feisty 'You’ve Got Mail' romance with added family drama, female drive, community comradeship and standing up to racists.
Wearing its warm heart and uplifting messages on its sleeve, Uzma Jalaluddin’s Hana Khan Carries On is a highly readable romance about staying true to your principles - even when that means risking your future. Riffing on You’ve Got Mail, and exuding the same feel-good vibe of forging a positive path through hardship as the author’s debut, Ayesha at Last, this is a cute and charismatic read with a powerful portrayal of a community rallying round to stand up to racists.
Twenty-four-year-old Hana Khan is a Toronto-born, South Asian Muslim who interns at a radio station, helps out in her family’s dwindling restaurant on the Golden Crescent and hosts a podcast “to ask questions, without worrying who might be listening and judging”. Through her podcast Hana strikes up an adorable anonymous friendship with one of her listeners, to whom she turns for advice about her worries, particularity those around her family’s restaurant when a flashy competitor rocks up and threatens to put them out of business. While Hana’s family is at the heart of her life, she’s chosen to follow her own path, not unlike her charismatic aunt, “a woman ahead of her time” who “hadn’t been afraid to make bold decisions and carry them out.” Evoking her aunt’s spirit comes to the fore when Hana’s put in an impossible situation at her radio station - an exciting opportunity to work on a show with a fellow intern sours when they’re pushed into “perpetuating harmful stereotypes about Brown people and Muslims”. To handle this, Hana must heed her aunt’s advice: “Find your principles and see your story through to the end, no matter what.”
Alongside worries about work and the restaurant, Hana is attacked by racists before a baseball game, and then comes a hate-fuelled attack on the Golden Crescent. Throughout, the sense of unity and generosity in her community is a joy - it serves as such a wonderful support network. Hana is persistent, tenacious and, as the title states, “carries on” to forge a bright future - on her own terms, according to her principles, with an unexpected someone at her side. Fun and thought-provoking, this serves up a sweet slice of romance with a side of real-life grit.
From the author of Ayesha At Last comes a sparkling new rom-com for fans of You've Got Mail. Hana Khan's family-run halal restaurant is on its last legs. So when a flashy competitor gets ready to open nearby, bringing their inevitable closure even closer, she turns to her anonymously-hosted podcast, and her lively and long-lasting relationship with one of her listeners, for advice. But a hate-motivated attack on their neighbourhood complicates the situation further, as does Hana's growing attraction for Aydin, the young owner of the rival business. Who might not be a complete stranger after all... A charmingly refreshing and modern love story, Uzma Jalaluddin's tale is humorously warm and filled with gorgeous characters you won't be able to forget.
|Publication date:||3rd June 2021|
|Primary Genre||Relationship Stories|
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
Cute, emotional, and ultimately joyful. A romance with a warm heart, one wrapped in the bonds of family and friendship, this book left me with a delighted smile on my face. - Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author
A clever homage to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice that you'll love, even if you never got round to reading the original. - Cosmopolitan, praise for Ayesha at Last
Compassionate, warm, and wholly satisfying - The Skinny, praise for Ayesha at Last
It's unpredictable, even if you've read Pride and Prejudice... love - O, The Oprah Magazine, praise for Ayesha at Last
A sparkling love story... The criss-crossing sub-plots - both gritty and comic - keep the pages turning, and make this a treat for fans of romance with extra bite. - Love Reading, praise for Ayesha at Last
Charming, heartwarming - Dazed, praise for Ayesha at Last
An enthralling adaptation of the classic Pride and Prejudice... Innovative, relevant and so very relatable... complete with cross-culture nuances, wit, humour and classic romance. A must read for Jane Austen fans. - Asian Image, praise for Ayesha at Last
This is the book I've been waiting for since my long-running Jane Austen obsession. Move over Darcy, Khalid's in town. - S. K. Ali, author of Saints and Misfits, praise for Ayesha at Last
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, praise for Ayesha at Last
A lively and raucous story that mixes a zany cast of characters with a tightly wound plot... Delicious, adorable and entertaining. - Kirkus, starred review, praise for Ayesha at Last
Uzma Jalaluddin attended the University of Toronto for her undergraduate and teacher's college, where she spent too much time perusing the library stacks for novels to read, and not enough time poring over textbooks. She grew up in a close knit, diverse neighbourhood in Toronto, Canada,and regularly attended events at her local mosque, even when her parents didn't make her. Today she teaches in a public high school, and writes 'Samosas and Maple Syrup,' a parenting and culture column for The Toronto Star, Canada's largest daily newspaper. All of her reading and secret novel writing eventually paid off... ...More About Uzma Jalaluddin