The mismatch : a novel

by Jafari, Sara,

Format: Print Book 2021
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A kiss is never just a kiss in The Mismatch, a cross-generational story about love, family, faith, and finding yourself.

"Enlightening, poignant, and romantic . . . The Mismatch transported me back to that feeling of first love and first heartbreak."--Sophie Cousens, New York Times bestselling author of This Time Next Year

Now that Soraya Nazari has graduated from university, she thinks it's time to get some of the life experience she feels she's lacking, partly due to her strict upbringing--and Magnus Evans seems like the perfect way to get it.

Where she's the somewhat timid, artistic daughter of Iranian immigrants, Magnus is the quintessential British lad. They have little in common, so there's no way Soraya could ever fall for him. What's the harm in having some fun as she navigates her postgrad life? And he could give her some distance from her increasingly complicated home life, where things are strained by her father's struggles, her mother's unhappiness and her eldest sister's estrangement under a vague cloud of shame fifteen years earlier.

Distracting herself with Magnus is easy at first. But just as Soraya realizes there's more to Magnus than she thought, long-buried secrets, and hard questions, begin to surface--will any of her relationships survive the truth coming out?

Moving between modern-day London and revolutionary Iran, The Mismatch is a gorgeously written coming-of-age story that follows a young woman as she finds love in a most unexpected place, and a path in life amid two different cultures.
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "A young woman's pursuit of love is at odds with her family's expectations in Jafari's powerful debut. British-Iranian Soraya Nazari has grown up with intense pressure from her strict Muslim family to remain a virgin. At 21, she graduates university without having so much as kissed anyone. Lacking both romantic experience and job prospects, Soraya feels she's "falling face first, ungracefully, into adulthood." So when Magnus Evans, a notorious white playboy from her graduating class, flirts with Soraya at a party, she realizes he's the perfect person with whom to get her first kiss "over with." But Soraya's shocked to find that Magnus is nothing like she expected, and despite their wildly different backgrounds, they discover they have a lot in common. As their fling deepens into something more, Soraya struggles with guilt and is torn between growing the relationship or succumbing to the familial pressure that's always kept her guarded. Jafari's authentic portrayal of the complexities of interracial dating is deeply emotional and her characters are refreshingly flawed: Magnus is charming and patient, but initially clueless about navigating cultural difference, while endearing Soraya feels intense emotion but bottles it up. Each scene of this moving love story reveals new depths. Agent: Nicola Chang, David Higham Assoc. (Aug.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Conflict of generations -- Fiction.
Muslim women -- Fiction.
Rugby football players -- Fiction.
London (England) -- Fiction.
Iran -- Fiction.
Romance fiction.
Publisher New York :Dell,2021
Language English
Notes "A Dell trade paperback original."
Includes book club guide (pages 351-352).
Description 352 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780593357170
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