A Match Made in Heaven
Sophie Gorell Barnes
Hope Road Publishing
August 27, 2020
Star-studded and beautifully written, this collection of diverse stories about love and desire by South Asian-heritage British Muslim women authors edited by Claire Chambers, Nafhesa Ali and Richard Phillips
Although outsiders often expect Muslim women to be timid, conservative, or submissive, the reality is different. While some of these authors express a quiet piety and explore poignant situations, others use black humour and biting satire, or play with possibilities. Still others shade into the territory of a Muslim Fifty Shades of Grey, creating grey areas where the mainstream media sees only black and white.
If grooming-gang scandals grab headlines, characters are more scandalized by suitors’ sloppy personal grooming. Finding the right crimson lipstick for a date or the perfect power outfit for meeting a cheating ex-husband are commoner preoccupations than the news.
Stylish but far from shallow, the stories also reflect on migration, racism, arranged marriage, gender differences, lesbian desire, bearding, and many other subjects.
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