According to the author, “The Hysterical Girls of St. Bernadette’s” is “a book about complicated relationships, about trauma, and about what it takes for girls to be believed.”
Coming Soon: Uzma Jalaluddin's "Persuasion"-style "Much Ado About Nada"
Canadian author Uzma Jalaluddin, whose debut novel “Ayesha at Last” (2018) was called “a highly entertaining tale of family, community, and romance” in a starred review from Publishers Weekly, is set to release her newest romance “Much Ado About Nada” on June 13. Loosely based on Jane Austen’s “Persuasion,” the novel aims to bring a contemporary take and new voices to a classic tale.
BookPage gave “Much Ado About Nada” a starred review: “One of the best things about Jalaluddin’s work is the sheer amount of joy she brings to her characters, her writing and her happily ever afters. She clearly delights in reinventing known classics, using beloved heroines as a foundation to create modern women who don’t want or need to sacrifice their ambitions for other parts of their lives. With Much Ado About Nada, Jalaluddin has written yet another winner—and this time it’s one with a particularly heartwarming, tender and feminist resolution.”
In addition to being a bestselling author, Jalaluddin is also a high school teacher.
Description from Penguin Random House: “A sparkling second-chance romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion… Nada Syed is stuck. On the cusp of thirty, she’s still living at home with her brothers and parents in the Golden Crescent neighbourhood of Toronto, resolutely ignoring her mother’s unsubtle pleas to get married already. While Nada has a good job as an engineer, it’s a far cry from realizing her start-up dreams for her tech baby, Ask Apa, the app that launched with a whimper instead of a bang because of a double-crossing business partner. Nothing in her life has turned out the way it was supposed to, and Nada feels like a failure. Something needs to change, but the past is holding on too tightly to let her move forward. Nada’s best friend Haleema is determined to pry her from her shell…and what better place than at the giant annual Muslim conference held downtown, where Nada can finally meet Haleema’s fiancé, Zayn. And did Haleema mention Zayn’s brother Baz will be there? What Haleema doesn’t know is that Nada and Baz have a past—some of it good, some of it bad and all of it secret. At the conference, that past all comes hurtling at Nada, bringing new complications and a moment of reckoning. Can Nada truly say goodbye to once was or should she hold tight to her dreams and find their new beginnings?”
📣Join me!📣 for the #virtual launch of #MuchAdoAboutNada! The brilliant @ausmazehanat, @CarleyFortune and @sahar_jahani_ will be joining me to talk all things #romance and #writing on Wed June 14, 6pm PT/9pm ET, hosted by @_MeetCuteBooks_ @BerkleyRomance @Ann_Collette 😍 pic.twitter.com/Eqezqq2Foz— Uzma Jalaluddin (@UzmaWrites) May 23, 2023