You might recognize Nadine Jolie Courtney as the author of Romancing the Throne, a charming Young Adult novel in which two sisters fall for the heir to the British monarchy. Now she’s back with All-American Muslim Girl, the perfect read for fans of Tahereh Mafi (A Very Large Expanse of Sea) and S.K. Ali (Saints and Misfits). It’s a contemporary story drawn from Courtney’s own life about a young Muslim-American caught between two worlds.
Here’s the description from the publisher:
Allie Abraham has it all going for her—she’s a straight-A student, with good friends and a close-knit family, and she’s dating cute, popular and sweet Wells Henderson.
One problem: Wells’ father is Jack Henderson, America’s most famous conservative shock jock…and Allie hasn’t told Wells that her family is Muslim.
It’s not like Allie’s religion is a secret, exactly. It’s just that her parents don’t practice and raised her to keep her Islamic heritage to herself. But as Allie witnesses ever-growing Islamophobia in her small town and across the nation, she begins to embrace her faith—studying it, practicing it and facing hatred and misunderstanding for it.
Who is Allie, if she sheds the façade of the “perfect” all-American girl? What does it mean to be a “Good Muslim?” And can a Muslim girl in America ever truly fit in?
We’re excited to reveal the cover below, which was designed by Cassie Gonzales and features illustration and lettering by Carmi Grau.
“I immediately fell in love with the cover for All-American Muslim Girl when I saw what Carmi and Cassie dreamed up,” Courtney tells Paste. “I’m thrilled that they defied expectations by straying from something too on-the-nose to match the title. (Appropriately, my main character Allie’s personal journey as she embraces her Islamic heritage defies expectations, too.) I hope readers like the unique cover, and I can’t wait for them to meet Allie Abraham!”
Farrar, Straus and Giroux will release All-American Muslim Girl on November 12th, and you can pre-order it here.