Tanaz Bhathena

A Girl Like That

Contemporary

Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school. You don’t want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is it that eighteen-year-old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned. And as her story is pieced together, told through multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that.

This beautifully written debut novel reveals a rich and wonderful new world to readers; tackles complicated issues of race, identity, class, and religion; and paints a portrait of teenage ambition, angst, and alienation that feels both inventive and universal.

Tanaz Bhathena

Tanaz Bhathena was born in Mumbai and raised in Riyadh, Jeddah and Toronto. Her short stories have appeared in various journals, including Blackbird, Witness, and Room Magazine. A Girl Like That is her first novel.

Schedule

Friday, October 19

9:00-9:45am • Panel Discussion – Nice for What?

Location:  DSU 3023-25

Sheroes tend to get a bad rap. But if female characters don’t get written from all angles, the same old character will keep showing up. And writing the same-old is way too blasé for these authors.

Along with these authors:
NoNieqa Ramos
Candace Ganger
Kelly deVos
Amy Spalding
Robyn Schneider
Amanda Foody

6:00-6:45am • Panel Discussion – Level Up

Location: Barnes and Noble Booksellers (180 Campbell Lane)

These debut authors talk about how real-life experiences fuel their writing (or in some cases, doesn’t). How did they get inspired to write their books? How does research tie in? What messages do they want to convey? Come with your questions; leave with answers (and probably a cupcake)!

Along with these authors:
Julien Jamar
Kelly deVos
Alison Ashley Formento
Nisha Sharma
Erin Summerill
Moderated by Bree Barton