Sibling Rivalry Press
On Sale: August 1, 2014
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Razia Mirza is a Pakistani woman from Corona, Queens, who
grew up in a tight Muslim community surrounding the first
Sunni masjid built in New York City. When a rebellious
streak leads to her ex-communication, she decides to hit the
road. Corona moves between Raziaâ€™s childhood and the comedic
misadventures she encounters on her journey, from a Puritan
Colony in Massachusetts to New York Cityâ€™s Bhangra music
scene. With each story, we learn more about the past sheâ€™s
escaping, a past which leads her to constantly travel in a
spiral, always coming closer to but never quite arriving home.
"These stories have the heft of a novel and the elliptical
grace of poetry. Rehmanâ€™s hot-blooded, ferociously funny,
and deeply sensitive protagonist travels from the Muslim
community of Queens to roadside Florida to the fogged
windows of San Francisco and the Lower East Side. Along the
way she falls into and out of love, takes frightening,
exhilarating risks, repeatedly saves her own life, and comes
into sharp-focus like a shaken photograph. She is about to
gleefully dynamite every narrow stereotype you might have
about a young Pakistani woman from Corona. A stunning debut
from a vital new writer." - Karen Russell, author of the
novel Swamplandia! and Vampires in the Lemon Grove
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