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Ayesha At Last

Ayesha At Last is a novel by Uzma Jalaluddin.

Uzma Jalaluddin

Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one 100th marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn't want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century. 

When a surprise engagement between Khalid and Hafsa is announced, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and his family; and the truth she realizes about herself. But Khalid is also wrestling with what he believes and what he wants. And he just can't get this beautiful, outspoken woman out of his mind. (From HarperCollins Canada)

Interviews with Uzma Jalaluddin

Uzma Jalaluddin on why she keeps reading Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. 2:03
Uzma Jalaluddin, the author of Ayesha at Last, on three of her favourite YA novels. 13:46

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