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Zara Raheem @ Cerritos Library

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Thank you! We look forward to seeing you there!

Zara Raheem will be in conversation with Dania Ayah Alkhouli (a.k.a. Lady Narrator) to discuss her debut novel, THE MARRIAGE CLOCK--a warm, funny, thoughtful story of Leila Abid, a young, Muslim-American woman whose parents give her three months to find a suitable husband or else they will arrange her marriage for her. Through an intimate exploration of navigating cultural expectations with personal fulfillment, the novel presents a universal story that everyone can relate to about the challenges of falling in love.

Q&A and book signing to follow. 
*Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Refreshments will be served.

About the Author/Moderator:
Zara Raheem received her MFA from California State University, Long Beach. She is the recipient of the James I. Murashige Jr. Memorial award in fiction and was selected as one of 2019’s Harriet Williams Emerging Writers. She resides in Southern California where she teaches English and creative writing. "The Marriage Clock" is her first novel.

Dania Ayah Alkhouli (a.k.a. Lady Narrator) is a Syrian American writer, poet, and author. She earned her Bachelors in Sociology and Masters in Public Policy & Administrations from CSULB, and then cofounded the nonprofit organization A COUNTRY CALLED SYRIA in 2012 with her mother. She has published two poetry books—91 at 19 and Oceans & Flames—and will be releasing her third one early 2020.

Event Date: 
Friday, August 9, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
18025 Bloomfield Ave.
Cerriots, CA 90703
The Marriage Clock: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062877925
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 23rd, 2019

Named one of Pop Sugar's Best Books to Put in your Beachbag this summer and one of the best books of July.

A Booktrib "Romance to get you in the swing for Wedding Season" of 2019

A Book Riot "Five New Diverse Romantic Comedies"

Bustle's "21 new summer novels to spice up your summer reading"

To Leila Abid's traditional Indian parents, finding a husband is as easy as match, meet, marry. Yes, she wants to marry, but after 26 years of singledom, even Leila is starting to get nervous. And to make matters worse, her parents are panicking, the neighbors are talking, and she's wondering, are her expectations just too high?

But for Leila, a marriage of arrangement clashes with her lifelong dreams of a Bollywood romance, where real love happens before marriage, not the other way around. So she decides it's time to stop dreaming and start dating.

It's an impossible mission of satisfying her parents' expectations, while also fulfilling her own western ideals of love. But after a series of speed dates, blind dates, online dates and even ambush dates, the sparks just don't fly! Now, with the marriage clock ticking, and her 3-month deadline looming in the horizon, Leila must face the consequences of what might happen if she doesn't find "the one..."