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Ayesha At Last

A Novel

by Uzma Jalaluddin

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Description

Pride and Prejudice with a modern twist 

 

AYESHA SHAMSI has a lot going on.  Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century. 

 

When a surprise engagement between Khalid and Hafsa is announced, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and his family; and the truth she realizes about herself. But Khalid is also wrestling with what he believes and what he wants. And he just can’t get this beautiful, outspoken woman out of his mind. 

 

About the Author

Uzma Jalaluddin, a high school teacher, writes Samosas and Maple Syrup, a regular column about modern Muslim life for the Toronto Star. She’s also been a guest on the TV show Cityline, speaking on the Muslim experience.

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“How to make the world a better place? Read Uzma Jalaluddin’s Ayesha At Last --a cross-cultural pleasure, a romp, a modern, Muslim sly salute to Pride and Prejudice. The lovely, witty writing is testimony to an excellent eye and ear at work.”

— Elinor Lipman, author of <em>On Turpentine Lane </em>and <em>The Inn at Lake Devine</em>)

“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 Morris Award finalist, <em>Saints and Misfits</em>

“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 <em>A Dangerous Crossing</em>

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