A Girl Like That (Hardcover)

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A Girl Like That is a book framed by loss . It opens on Zarin and her friend Porus hovering above a car crash as their family members cry over the bodies they recently left behind. As Zarin's story is rewound to the beginning and pieced together by those who knew her (or thought they did), its' shape is almost too much to bear. The death of her mother, abuse at the hands of her aunt, sexual assault, and ostracization all weigh down on her but never succeed in weighing her down. Zarin continues to be unapologetically herself - a messy, complicated, brave, and lovely person - right up to the end. One of the most important books I've read, Bhathena is unquestionably a writer to watch. 
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A timeless exploration of high-stakes romance, self-discovery, and the lengths we go to love and be loved.

"Fascinating and disturbing." --Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Small Great Things and Leaving Time

Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She's also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school. You don't want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is it that eighteen-year-old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned. And as her story is pieced together, told through multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that.

This beautifully written debut novel from Tanaz Bhathena reveals a rich and wonderful new world to readers; tackles complicated issues of race, identity, class, and religion; and paints a portrait of teenage ambition, angst, and alienation that feels both inventive and universal.

About the Author

TANAZ BHATHENA was born in Mumbai and raised in Riyadh, Jeddah and Toronto. Her short stories have appeared in various journals, including Blackbird, Witness, and Room Magazine. A Girl Like That is her first novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780374305444
ISBN-10: 0374305447
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Date: February 27th, 2018
Pages: 384
Language: English