I warned you that I wouldn’t shut up about A House of Rage and Sorrow this week, so I’m sticking to that promise and bringing you a Q&A that I’ve been dreaming about since September last year. The author of one my favourite sci-fi series graciously agreed to answer my questions on the blog today. She also has a diverse anthology coming out soon, Color Outside the Lines, for which I have the ARC and am counting down the days until I can make time to devour it! She’s from Karnataka too and that makes me feel like I have a special connection with her. I’ll cut short the intro now and dive into the actual Q&A because I’m beyond excited to share this interview with you all!
Author: Samira Ahmed
Age Range: 13+
Published: By Hot Key Books on January 16th, 2018
Content Warning: Racism, bigotry and hate crimes
Format I Read: Kindle e-book
Grade: Exceeds expectations
Maya Aziz is torn between futures: the one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter (i.e.; staying nearby in Chicago and being matched with a “suitable” Muslim boy), and the one where she goes to film school in New York City–and maybe, just maybe, kisses a guy she’s only known from afar. There’s the also the fun stuff, like laughing with her best friend Violet, making on-the-spot documentaries, sneaking away for private swimming lessons at a secret pond in the woods. But her world is shattered when a suicide bomber strikes in the American heartland; by chance, he shares Maya’s last name. What happens to the one Muslim family in town when their community is suddenly consumed with hatred and fear?
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for April 16th, 2019 is: Rainy Day Reads. Since it is peak summer here, I decided to share my summer recommendations for 2019 instead.