Join in an in-person event with S.K. Ali, author of “Love from Mecca to Medina.”
BOOK DISCUSSION DETAILS
October 19 @ 7:00 pm
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, California 91101
More Details: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/sk-ali-in-conversation-with-tahereh-mafi-discusses-love-from-mecca-to-medina
About the Author:
S. K. Ali is the author of “Saints and Misfits”, a finalist for the American Library Association’s 2018 William C.Morris award, and the winner of the APALA Honor Award and Middle EastBook Honor Award. “Saints and Misfits”, and her second novel, “Love from A to Z”, were both best YA books of the year as named by Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and the American Library Association. “Love from A to Z” was the first teen novel chosen for NBC Today Show’s Read with Jenna book club. Her newest novel, “Misfit in Love”, was a People Magazine best book of summer 2021. “The Proudest Blue”, her picture book co-authored with Ibtihaj Muhammad, was an instant New York Times Bestseller. Along with Aisha Saeed, she’s the co-editor of a critically acclaimed anthology of middle grade stories called “Once Upon an Eid”.
About the Book:
On the trip of a lifetime, Adam and Zayneb must find their way back to each other in this surprising and romantic sequel to the “bighearted, wildly charming” (Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author) Love from A to Z.
Adam and Zayneb. Perfectly matched. Painfully apart.
Adam is in Doha, Qatar, making a map of the Hijra, a historic migration from Mecca to Medina, and worried about where his next paycheck will come from. Zayneb is in Chicago, where school and extracurricular stresses are piling on top of a terrible frenemy situation, making her miserable.
Then a marvel occurs: Adam and Zayneb get the chance to spend Thanksgiving week on the Umrah, a pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina, in Saudi Arabia. Adam is thrilled; it’s the reboot he needs and an opportunity to pray for a hijra in real life: to migrate to Zayneb in Chicago. Zayneb balks at the trip at first, having envisioned another kind of vacation, but then decides a spiritual reset is calling her name too. And they can’t wait to see each other—surely, this is just what they both need.
But the trip is nothing like what they expect, from the appearance of Adam’s former love interest in their traveling group to the anxiety gripping Zayneb when she’s supposed to be “spiritual.” As one wedge after another drives them apart while they make their way through rites in the holy city, Adam and Zayneb start to wonder: was their meeting just an oddity after all? Or can their love transcend everything else like the greatest marvels of the world?