Join us for an in-person event with award-winning novelist, Bushra Rehman, for the release of her new book Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion.
This event is co-presented by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and the Strand, with sponsors Asian/Pacific/American (A/P/A) Institute at NYU and South Asian Womxn’s Creative Collective.
Bushra Rehman discusses her new novel Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion, with Rajiv Mohabir, author of Antiman. Punctuated by both joy and loss, full of ’80s music and beloved novels, Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion is an unforgettable story about female friendship and queer desire in a Pakistani-American community in Queens. DJ Rekha will play an intro and closing set at the event. This event will be hosted in the Strand Book Store’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at 828 Broadway on 12th Street.
Can’t make the event? Purchase a signed copy of Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion here.
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Registration will be required online. No tickets for entry will be sold at the door.
Razia Mirza grows up amid the wild grape vines and backyard sunflowers of Corona, Queens, with her best friend, Saima, by her side. When a family rift drives the girls apart, Razia’s heart is broken. She finds solace in Taslima, a new girl in the neighborhood. They embark on a series of small rebellions: listening to scandalous music, wearing mini skirts, and cutting school to explore the city.
When Razia is accepted to Stuyvesant, a prestigious high school in Manhattan, the gulf between her and her world in Queens, between the person she is and the daughter her parents want her to be, widens. At Stuyvesant, Razia meets Angela and is attracted to her in a way that blossoms into a new understanding. When their relationship is discovered, Razia must choose between her family and her own future.
Punctuated by both joy and loss, full of ’80s music and beloved novels, Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion is a new classic: a fiercely compassionate coming-of-age story of a girl struggling to reconcile her heritage and faith with her desire to be true to herself.
Bushra Rehman, Rajiv Mohabir, DJ Rekha