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“For 17-year-old Khayyam, her family’s annual summer in Paris should be a delight. But she’s reeling from a disastrous scholarship application and completely unprepared to meet a handsome stranger. Their shared adventure intersects with the life of a 19th-century Muslim woman, the artist Delacroix, and the author Dumas. What could be just a meet-cute romance gets added depth with well-integrated reflections on immigrants, mixed-race heritage, and the silencing of women’s voices.”
— Jan Blodgett, Main Street Books (NC), Davidson, NC
Told in alternating narratives that bridge centuries, traces the lives of two young women fighting to write their own stories and escape the pressure of cultural expectations in worlds too long defined by men.