From the author of Ayesha at Last comes a sparkling new rom-com for fans of “You’ve Got Mail,” set in two competing halal restaurants
Sales are slow at Three Sisters Biryani Poutine, the only halal restaurant in the close-knit Golden Crescent neighbourhood. Hana waitresses there part time, but what she really wants is to tell stories on the radio. If she can just outshine her fellow intern at the city radio station, she may have a chance at landing a job. In the meantime, Hana pours her thoughts and dreams into a podcast, where she forms a lively relationship with one of her listeners. But soon she’ll need all the support she can get: a new competing restaurant, a more upscale halal place, is about to open in the Golden Crescent, threatening Three Sisters.
When her mysterious aunt and her teenage cousin arrive from India for a surprise visit, they draw Hana into a long-buried family secret. 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 restaurant—who might not be a complete stranger after all.
As life on the Golden Crescent unravels, Hana must learn to use her voice, draw on the strength of her community and decide what her future should be.
You know, sometimes there are some books that you read and there are some that are so brilliantly written that you can’t help but be consumed by them.
Hana Khan Carries On is a book that will consume your thoughts with the way it has boldly yet thought provokingly handled the sensitive topics of racial discrimination, racism and islamophobia as well as immigrant experience.
Hana Khan is a 24 year old woman currently interning at a radio station with an Indian immigrant as her competition. She also records podcasts about her experience as a brown girl; an experience that she loves sharing with the world, even if it’s anonymously. Other times, she also works at her family’s halal restaurant.
It’s at her restaurant she meets another young man who immediately ends up intriguing her; Aydin. Though it soon becomes clear that he is the enemy here, with hun opening up his own halal restaurant opposite her own family’s.
With a wonderful and eclectic secondary characters that give the readers as much joy as the protagonists’ push and pull relationship did – Hana Khan provides its readers with a brilliant, beguiling and sensitive look at some fundamental issues as a backdrop to a romance between two quite adorable protagonists.
Definitely recommend, for this book now features in my Favourites of 2021.
P. S. Just wish we could have had a few chapters from the PoV of Aydin – that would have been absolute perfection.
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I am the author of AYESHA AT LAST (2018), a retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in a Toronto Muslim community. My second novel HANA KHAN CARRIES ON (2021) is inspired by the movie ‘You’ve Got Mail’ and set in rival halal restaurants. I also write a funny parenting column for The Toronto Star, and have written for The Atlantic. I live in Toronto with my husband and two sons. Find out more at www.uzmajalaluddin.com and thanks for visiting!