Literati Cultura Virtual Book Club: Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 - 6:30pm

Join us for an virtual discussion of December's Literati Cultura pick, Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion, by Bushra Rehman. This event is intended for adults and is free and open to the public. You do not need to be a Literati Cultura subscriber to attend, but if you are interested in learning more about the subscription, feel free to ask a Literati staff member or email for more information.

Please note this is a book club discussion and not an author appearance.

About the book: Razia Mirza grows up amid the wild grape vines and backyard sunflowers of Corona, Queens, with her best friend, Saima, by her side. When a family rift drives the girls apart, Razia's heart is broken. She finds solace in Taslima, a new girl in her close-knit Pakistani-American community. They embark on a series of small rebellions: listening to scandalous music, wearing miniskirts, and cutting school to explore the city.

When Razia is accepted to Stuyvesant, a prestigious high school in Manhattan, the gulf between the person she is and the daughter her parents want her to be, widens. At Stuyvesant, Razia meets Angela and is attracted to her in a way that blossoms into a new understanding. When their relationship is discovered by an Aunty in the community, Razia must choose between her family and her own future.

Punctuated by both joy and loss, full of '80s music and beloved novels, Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion is a new classic: a fiercely compassionate coming-of-age story of a girl struggling to reconcile her heritage and faith with her desire to be true to herself.

Bushra Rehman grew up in Corona, Queens. She is co-editor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism, and author of the poetry collection Marianna's Beauty Salon and the dark comedy Corona, one of the New York Public Library's favorite books about NYC .

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Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion: A Novel By Bushra Rehman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250834782
Availability: Backordered
Published: Flatiron Books - December 6th, 2022