Be sure to mark Saturday, March 3, on your calendar for the launch of A Girl Like That by Tanza Bhethena.
Saturday, March 3
Indigo Erin Mills Bookstore
5015 Glen Erin Drive
Mississauga, ON L5M 0r7 (Map here)
RSVP to Tanaz at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can’t make it to the launch, A Girl Like That is available at bookstores and from… | | | | | | | | | | |
Also, Tanaz will talk about on at A Room of Your Own, a book club for teen girls in Toronto. For details, see .
anaz will be a guest speaker at the Writing for Children and Young Adults mini-conference on Saturday, April 21, in Waterloo. For details, click .
About A Girl Like That…
Zarin Wadia is 16, a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a troublemaker whose romantic entanglements are the subject of endless gossip amongst the girls in her class. When she is found dead after a car accident on the Al-Harameen Expressway in Jeddah, with a Parsi boy who is not a student at Qala Academy, the religious police arrive and everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is called into question.
A Girl Like That explores the themes of love, prejudice and gender discrimination in India and Saudi Arabia – two countries that are struggling to hold on to their traditions even as they adapt to a rapidly changing world – countries where female virtue is still inextricably linked to family honour.
A Junior Library Guild Selection
“Bhathena makes an impressive debut with this eye-opening novel about a free-spirited girl in present-day Saudi Arabia.”
“Bhathena does something exceptionally difficult and smart in her first book. She draws in readers with an irresistible “Who is she?” premise, only to dismantle it by showing the rarely seen perspective of a teenage girl living in the Middle East…[T]his is the story of a girl you won’t be able to stop thinking about.”
“A Girl Like That is a book which readers will enjoy and will remember long after other novels come and go.”
“ is unlike any YA book I’ve ever read: a fascinating and disturbing glance into the gender discrimination and double-standards as seen through the eyes of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. It raised awareness for me, and is certain to inspire discussion about equality, justice, and basic human rights.”
“Vivid, intricately woven, and wholly immersive, is a debut that will leave you both haunted and hopeful. Tanaz Bhathena is masterful at writing complicated girls and the people in their orbits.”
“Tanaz Bhathena has a rare ability to take a setting that would be unfamiliar to many and make it so instantly and profoundly relatable. This is a shimmering, glowing, radiant novel.”
“Masterfully constructed and gorgeously written, is both a page-turner about a ferocious girl fighting the twisted expectations of both family and culture, and a thoughtful meditation on the pain that weighs us down, and the love that lifts us up.”
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