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Pub Day Shout-Outs! for April 13, 2021, featuring Jalaluddin, Stoeve, and Thorne

by Jen Moyers (@jen.loves.books)


Here are three books coming out today that I'm excited to read (plus two more that I've already read!)


Book cover of Uzma Jalaluddin's Hana Khan Carres On

Uzma Jalaluddin's Hana Khan Carries On


Description from Publisher:

"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."


Why I want to read it:

I absolutely loved Jalaluddin's book Ayesha at Last, which was a brilliant retelling of Pride and Prejudice, so I was already eager to read this one. And then? Podcast?! I mean, what else could I ask for?!

Book cover of Ray Stoeve's Between Perfect and Real

Ray Stoeve's Between Perfect and Real


Description from Publisher:

"Dean Foster knows he’s a trans guy. He’s watched enough YouTube videos and done enough questioning to be sure. But everyone at his high school thinks he’s a lesbian—including his girlfriend Zoe, and his theater director, who just cast him as a 'nontraditional' Romeo. He wonders if maybe it would be easier to wait until college to come out. But as he plays Romeo every day in rehearsals, Dean realizes he wants everyone to see him as he really is now—not just on the stage, but everywhere in his life. Dean knows what he needs to do. Can playing a role help Dean be his true self?"


Why I want to read it:

I just think that this exploration of identity sounds so impactful, and I love the inclusion of a production of Romeo and Juliet—I think that theater can be such a powerful force in helping students understand themselves that it seems just perfect to me.

Sally Thorne's Second First Impressions


Description from Publisher:

"Ruthie Midona has worked the front desk at the Providence Luxury Retirement Villa for six years, dedicating her entire adult life to caring for the Villa’s residents, maintaining the property (with an assist from DIY YouTube tutorials), and guarding the endangered tortoises that live in the Villa’s gardens. Somewhere along the way, she’s forgotten that she’s young and beautiful, and that there’s a world outside of work—until she meets the son of the property developer who just acquired the retirement center.


"Teddy Prescott has spent the last few years partying, sleeping in late, tattooing himself when bored, and generally not taking life too seriously—something his father, who dreams of grooming Teddy into his successor, can’t understand. When Teddy needs a place to crash, his father seizes the chance to get him to grow up. He’ll let Teddy stay in one of the on-site cottages at the retirement home, but only if he works to earn his keep. Teddy agrees—he can change a few lightbulbs and clip some hedges, no sweat. But Ruthie has plans for Teddy too.


"Her two wealthiest and most eccentric residents have just placed an ad (yet another!) seeking a new personal assistant to torment. The women are ninety-year-old, four-foot-tall menaces, and not one of their assistants has lasted a full week. Offering up Teddy seems like a surefire way to get rid of the tall, handsome, unnerving man who won’t stop getting under her skin.


"Ruthie doesn’t count on the fact that in Teddy Prescott, the Biddies may have finally met their match. He’ll pick up Chanel gowns from the dry cleaner and cut Big Macs into bite-sized bits. He’ll do repairs around the property, make the residents laugh, and charm the entire villa. He might even remind Ruthie what it’s like to be young and fun again. But when she finds out Teddy’s father’s only fixing up the retirement home to sell it, putting everything she cares about in jeopardy, she’s left wondering if Teddy’s magic was all just a façade."


"From the USA Today bestselling author of The Hating Game and 99 Percent Mine comes the clever, funny, and unforgettable story of a muscular, tattooed man hired as an assistant to two old women—under the watchful eye of a beautiful retirement home manager."


Why I want to read it:

I LOVE The Hating Game—it's safe to say that it's my favorite rom-com ever—so I'm ready to read anything that Sally Thorne writes, forever.

I also want to shout out two books that I've already read that are being published today: Sally Hepworth's The Good Sister, which I listened to thanks to Partner Libro.fm, and Charlie Jane Anders's Victories Greater than Death, which I read thanks to Partner NetGalley.

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