Ayesha At Last: A Novel by Uzma JalaluddinAyesha At Last: A Novel by Uzma Jalaluddin

Ayesha At Last: A Novel

byUzma Jalaluddin

Paperback | June 12, 2018

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Pride and Prejudice with a modern twist <_u53a_p>

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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 hundredth 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. <_u53a_p>

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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. <_u53a_p>

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Title:Ayesha At Last: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:June 12, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443455849

ISBN - 13:9781443455848

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Pride and Prejudice fans Spin-offs of a favourite well-known novel are tricky and can be disappointing but Uzma Jalaluddin pulls it off. I loved this novel from the first chapter. Even though the Muslim community referred to in the novel is a far cry from Austen's England, the ethos in the novel and the references to social expectations echo the older classic. I enjoyed reading the repartee between Ayesha and Khalid; and seeing the characters come to realisations of themselves. I enjoyed, in particular, the character of Khalid. He is so staid in the beginning, so sure of where he wants to be and of how he wants to manoeuvre in modern society. I cheered on his growth during the story, and could not help but giggle at some of his encounters. Ayesha at Last is a lighthearted read that will leave you smiling. I highly recommend this one- it is a story that you will want to share with your friends. The romance and humour will definitely lighten your day. I could not put this one down and devoured it in a day. 
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read for any age A lovely read, wonderful, I read it and am now encouraging my kids to read it
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My childhood dream book I wish I had this book when I growing up but better late than never! So happy to see a book like this! Love the twist on Pride and Prejudice! I am picky about YA novels and my tolerance for cheesy writing is very low. At times I did find it a bit cringe but I understand it's written for a younger audience that usually finds that kind of writing appealing. Overall, loved the book and hope to see more of her work.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put it Down! I enjoyed this book so much and I could not put it down. Ayesha and Khalid's stubbornness was killing me but I loved how real every character felt. I can't wait for more books from Uzma Jalaluddin ❤️
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute Love Story The Pride and Prejudice twist in the Muslim and Southeast Asian world. A fun romantic novel with great imagery and character development. This was a great casual read!
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! A great storyline and awesome incorporation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Love it!
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Summer Read! Fun story and modern characters that you can connect with!
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun and thoughtful adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel set in Toronto's Muslim community. I am weak for Pride and Prejudice twists. So when I heard about this, I was so excited- P&P retelling set in Toronto's Muslim community by a Canadian author! I don't live in Toronto so my familiarity with Toronto's Muslim community is passing, drawn mainly from my roommate's stories about her family and their (somewhat Austen novel-esque, ironically enough) experiences. Uzma Jalaluddin offers a vivid portrait of Ayesha's multi-generational family and the close (and sometimes complicated) ties between them. I also really liked any and all scenes where food was being prepared because. I'm a fan of food. But also because it reminds me what I like about cooking, I just really enjoy the process of making things from scratch. (Although I am not nearly as adept as either Khalid or Ayesha's Nani...) Anyway. This is a book that will probably make you hungry. The plot of Pride and Prejudice provides a scaffolding for the story, although the characters and motivations are often quite different. Unlike Elizabeth Bennett, Ayesha doesn't have 4 sisters, nor is her mother determined to be as dramatic as possible and also see said daughters married ASAP, for example. Rather than lifting the plot and characters wholesale, Uzma Jalaluddin uses certain scenes and concepts from P&P as jumping-off points from which to spool out a story that is both familiar and new. Some of the changes made actually reminded me of The Lizzie Bennett Diaries, another modern retelling. (Particularly Hafsa's situation at the end, though the conclusion was handled a bit differently.) It was interesting to see how they both used similar modern analogs when translating Lydia's situation at the end of P&P. Ayesha and Khalid are both really interesting people with different outlooks on a lot of things in life and start off on the wrong foot. Despite that they manage to find an equilibrium, and understanding, and eventually affection. I found myself rooting for both of them (even when I cringed as Khalid put his foot in his mouth again). Both in their relationship, and in their separate endeavours... one of the bigger barriers to their relationship (besides meddling family members, and interfering family drama) is that they both need to figure out what they want out of life and how they're going to work toward that. While I found I wasn't totally pulled in by every moment of the story (I think that was more a "me" thing than a thing about the book...). Overall I quite enjoyed this one. I'm always tentatively excited about Pride and Prejudice retellings and twists because. Well. I've been burned before. While this one didn't quite capture the feel of Jane Austen's work for me, it did do a good job of drawing on P & P and weaving a story that was good in it's own right.
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun, lighthearted summer read! This book was such a joy - read it in practically one sitting. The familiar structure of Pride & Prejudice was used beautifully to introduce readers to a community that you don't often get to see represented in this genre. Lovely!
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny, Smart and light read Thank you Harper Collins for my copy of this smart an funny modern retelling of, one of my favorites, Pride & Prejudice with a cultural twist. After meeting the author at a recent event hosted by the publisher, I could not wait to dive into this one. I adored this book! I still can’t get over that this a debut novel for this author, her writing style was so genuine and she really knows how to use her characters to her advantage in portraying the many challenges faced by immigrants today. The subject matter of this book was so relevant in today’s growing multi-cultural society. I thought it was a great window into Canadian Muslim communities that skilfully explored the emotional complexities of family relationships and how to deal with staying true to your personal beliefs all while trying to fit in at home, work and in social circles. I learned a lot about this fascinating culture by reading this novel and thank the author for providing such great insight into this. I highly recommend this lighthearted read if you are looking for a great modern spin on an old classic that is not only relevant in today’s world but also very insightful. My rating: 4.5/5
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm still happy crying Oh my heart ahhhhhhhhh *sobs* Such a fabulous nod to Pride and Prejudice, with lots of awesome Muslim and Canadian additions. Phenomenal writing, a heap of sub-plots, and an ending that had me tearing up. Love, love, LOVE. One bazillion stars.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic book Ayesha at Last is Jalaluddin’s debut novel, and it’s practically perfect - I loved it. It is a modern day, Muslim focused retelling of Pride and Prejudice. And it’s set in Toronto! It’s a cute and lighthearted look into a community I don’t know much about - it was really nice to read about something out of my wheelhouse. The characters were wonderfully fleshed out - I especially loved Ayesha’s grandfather. He was absolutely adorable and constantly spouting lines from Shakespeare. A couple of the characters did seem to be a bit over the top, but it went well with the humour throughout the book. It was a good balance. Anyone looking for an uplifting romantic summer read, you should definitely check this one out. I really hope Jalaluddin writes more books in the future!
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review on GR! Mini review: DNF GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Diversify Yourself. When I heard about this book I was really excited! Unfortunately I didn't care for it. As a Pride and Prejudice retelling I felt this was really strong at. I wasn't invested and didn't care much for the characters. Regardless I still high recommend. It just wasn't for me.
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Diverse Rom Com: Great summer YA read ​Trade paperback, 336 pages. $22.99 (before discount). Book provided by publisher in exchange for review. Young teacher, Ayesha Shamsi is putting aside her dream of being a poet in favour of something more practical that will allow her to pay off family debts, and follow a more socially acceptable path. Although Ayesha doesn't want a traditional arranged marriage her closest friend, Clare is trying to set her up with Khalid, a colleague from her workplace. However, the first meeting at an "open mike" session at a local lounge does not go well. Ayesha thinks Khalid is too conservative and judgemental while he thinks she doesn't not make appropriate choices for a "good Muslim girl." The situation becomes more complex when Ayesha is coerced into impersonating her cousin Hafsa while organizing a fundraising event at their local mosque, only to find out that Khalid is on the same committee. In the tradition of Austen and Shakepeare with mistaken identities, hidden family secrets, assumptions and misunderstandings abound and are all resolved happily in the end.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pride & Prejudice update with a muslim twist I managed to snag a preview copy of this book and am so happy I did. I've long loved Pride and Prejudice and while this novel's plot owes much to the original, down to letters and proposals, the characters are new and refreshing and give insight into our Canadian muslim youth in a fun way. If you are looking for a light, entertaining read with characters you will love and cheer for, pick this one up.
Date published: 2018-06-03

Editorial Reviews

“A cleverly entertaining romantic romp.”