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Hana Khan Carries On

A novel by Uzma Jalaluddin.

Uzma Jalaluddin

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. (From HarperCollins Canada)

Uzma Jalaluddin is a teacher, parenting columnist and author based in Ontario. She is also the author of the novel Ayesha At Last.

Why Uzma Jalauddin wrote Hana Khan Carries On

"With stories that are set in regionalized or marginalized communities, I find that a lot of the tension comes, with justification, from parents who are demanding things for their children. And that is definitely a conflict that some children face. 

With stories that are set in regionalized or marginalized communities, I find that a lot of the tension comes, with justification, from parents who are demanding things for their children.

"But then I think about a lot of people I know, who do come from those backgrounds, and their parents never really force the issue, but they still feel a responsibility towards giving back to the community and giving back to their family. I wonder about those kids who internalize that responsibility, even though their parents tell them to do what makes them happy and run after their dreams. 

In Hana's case, she is so aware of all that her parents have sacrificed to get her to where she is right now —and she wants to help them."

Read more in her interview with The Next Chapter.

Interviews with Uzma Jalaluddin

Uzma Jalaluddin talks to Shelagh Rogers about her latest romantic comedy novel, Hana Khan Carries On. 14:07
Toronto writer Uzma Jalaluddin is back with her second novel, Hana Khan Carries On. It's a romantic comedy about rival Halal restaurants that's drawing comparisons to the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan movie, You've Got Mail. Jalaluddin’s book is already on the Globe and Mail's bestseller list. She joined Tom Power to talk about the novel and how she puts a different spin on the rom-com format. 19:17
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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