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Priyanka Taslim's 'The Love Match' Brings us a Classic Yet Elevated Take on the Love Triangle
Reviewed By Maria Chance Jan 23rd, 2023 3:15 pm

In The Love Match by Priyanka Taslim, we are introduced to Zahra Khan, a young Bangladeshi girl living in Paterson, New Jersey, where a community of other Bangladeshi immigrants resides. After her father’s death some time ago, her family has struggled financially in spite of being considered Bangladeshi royalty. In New Jersey, it doesn’t mean much or do much to help pay the bills. With two younger siblings, Zahra has to work full-time to help her mother keep bread on the table for their family....

S.K Ali's 'Love from Mecca to Medina' is a Model for Writing Culture Unapologetically
Reviewed By Maria Chance Oct 25th, 2022 2:43 pm

In S.K. Ali’s Love from Mecca to Medina, the sequel to Love from A to Z, readers are reunited with Adam and Zayneb, a young Muslim couple navigating the turbulent waters of long-distance love. Despite the distance between them, their bond remains strong. However, as Zayneb is struggling to find balance back in Chicago as she pursues a law degree, and Adam’s back in Doha, living with MS and currently unemployed, the pressures of life are beginning to get to them. Zayneb has plans to reunite with...

Susan Choi’s Award-Winning ‘Trust Exercise’ Incites the Perils of Adolescence in a Society Struggling with Authenticity
Reviewed By Maria Chance Jul 14th, 2022 5:17 pm

Adolescence is one of the most complicated stages of life. That formative period when you’re not quite a child and not quite an adult can be confusing as well as painful. In National Book Award for Fiction winner, Trust Exercise, Susan Choi deftly navigates the turbulent waters of adolescence, the lessons we are forced through and the marks these leave behind when we are so eager, though still so thoroughly unprepared, for a full-blown adult life. Trust Exercise is split into three chapterless p...