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Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion: A Novel
Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion: A Novel
Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion: A Novel
Audiobook9 hours

Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion: A Novel

Written by Bushra Rehman

Narrated by Bushra Rehman

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

This program is read by the author.

For fans of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous and My Brilliant Friend, an unforgettable story about female friendship and queer love in a Muslim-American community

"I LOVED EVERY MOMENT." —Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!

"ENCHANTING." —Mira Jacob, author of Good Talk

"Bushra Rehman performs her novel of a queer Pakistani American girl who is coming of age in the 1980s and '90s. As Razia begins rebelling in small ways, Rehman adds a layer of emotional intimacy to Razia's conflicted feelings. "- AudioFile

Razia Mirza grows up amid the wild grape vines and backyard sunflowers of Corona, Queens, with her best friend, Saima, by her side. When a family rift drives the girls apart, Razia’s heart is broken. She finds solace in Taslima, a new girl in her close-knit Pakistani-American community. They embark on a series of small rebellions: listening to scandalous music, wearing miniskirts, and cutting school to explore the city.

When Razia is accepted to Stuyvesant, a prestigious high school in Manhattan, the gulf between the person she is and the daughter her parents want her to be, widens. At Stuyvesant, Razia meets Angela and is attracted to her in a way that blossoms into a new understanding. When their relationship is discovered by an Aunty in the community, Razia must choose between her family and her own future.

Punctuated by both joy and loss, full of ’80s music and beloved novels, Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion is a new classic: a fiercely compassionate coming-of-age story of a girl struggling to reconcile her heritage and faith with her desire to be true to herself.

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books.

Editor's Note

Atmospheric and nostalgic…

Razia Mirza, a young first gen Pakistani American growing up in Queens, slowly tests the boundaries of independence from her tight-knit community. When Razia experiences newfound romantic feelings for another girl, she must choose between her true self or the person her family expects her to be. This coming-of-age saga explores identity, faith, and the immigrant experience. The 1980s setting in Corona, Queens is a character all on its own, adding an atmospheric and nostalgic tone to an already powerful story.

Release dateDec 6, 2022
Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion: A Novel

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    This was disappointing. Takes a while to get to the events in the synopsis and just a boring listen overall