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Courting Samira by Amal Awad (Paperback)

Courting Samira by Amal Awad (Paperback)

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Fiction - Romance - Romantic Comedy - Muslim


Set in the tight-knit Muslim community of Sydney, Australia, Courting Samira is a charming and frothy romantic comedy about a loveable twenty-seven-year-old woman who finds herself in an unexpected love triangle—a sparkling ode to meddling best friends, traditional courtship, The Princess Bride, and, of course, the possibility of love.

Coming from a moderately traditional Muslim family, twenty-seven-year-old Samira Abdel-Aziz has endured her fair share of arranged matches—first dates known as “doorknock appeals,” where she and her possible suitors eat snacks in her living room in the company of both sets of parents. Her general rule: no shoes with tassels, no cheesy leather jackets, no mustaches. A girl has to have some standards, right? The truth is, Samira is already experiencing enough wedding drama as an assistant at Bridal Bazaar magazine and as a gofer for her soon-to-be-married cousin and nemesis Zahra. She’s not sure she needs to add any of her own.

When she meets the charismatic Menem at a work retreat, Samira finds herself intrigued. But her best friend Lara insists Menem isn’t right for her, and now her childhood friend Hakeem has begun behaving oddly. Adding to the confusion, Samira is offered a promotion, yet isn’t sure it’s the job of her dreams. Suddenly, her life is full of drama and complications, and she realizes that part of growing up is making difficult choices about what—and whom—she really wants.


Amal Awad is a journalist, author, and screenwriter. She has written for ElleThe Guardian, and other publications and held senior editorial roles at a number of trade media publications. She has spoken at schools, universities, and writers' festivals around Australia, and she facilitates workshops on diversity, multiculturalism, women's issues, and pop culture. Amal is the author of eight books, including four novels--Courting Samira, This is How You Get Better, The Things We See in the Light, and Bitter & Sweet--and the nonfiction books The Incidental Muslim, Beyond Veiled Clichés, Fridays With My Folks, and In My Past Life I was CleopatraCourting Samira is the first of her books to be published in America.

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