I need to get my hands on a copy of The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan. I’ve not read any of Khan’s other books, though they’ve all managed to get a place on my TBR last year, but of all the books this one sounds like the book I’m most going to enjoy. And I just cannot wait. Telling the story of Rukhsana, a girl born to a conservative Muslim family who has begun to pull away from some of their conservative views, The Love and Lies of Ruksana Ali has roots in discussions of feminism, equality, LGBTQ, and the unfortunate state that conservatism has fallen into in recent years. It just seems that there is far too much bad in it lately.
Ruksana, though not outwardly volatile in her rebellion against her families views–seeing her brother as more important and being against having a gay child, to name a few–has been moving against it for quite some time now. But when her parents catch her kissing her girlfriend, their responding panic tears her away from her life and to Bangladesh where Ruksana must face the wrath of a conservative community and the truths about herself, her grandmother, and her family.
I’m hoping to find that this book is pretty fantastic and I’m thoroughly excited to see how the subject matter is handled. The wonderful diversity of this novel is also something I find myself thrilled to see, especially as these characters whom I’ve not often had a lot of experience with reading and I really need more of it in my life. What do you think of this book? Is it on your TBR?