A Very Large Expanse of Sea

Category: Book
By (author): Mafi, Tahereh
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / General
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Religious / Muslim
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / Contemporary
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
Audience: young adult
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: October 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 1.05in
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From The Publisher*

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me series comes a powerful, heartrending contemporary novel about fear, first love, and the devastating impact of prejudice.

It's 2002, a year after 9/11. It's an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who's tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She's tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments-even the physical violence-she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she's built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He's the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her-they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds-and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she's not sure she'll ever be able to let it down.

Review Quote*"A raw yet astoundingly elegant examination of identity, loneliness and family that is unflinching in its honesty and power. Tahereh Mafi holds nothing back--and the reader is better for it."
Review Quote*"A Very Large Expanse of Sea reads like a beautiful heart--one that shines and aches and yearns, and above all else, one that loves fiercely against all odds. A transcendent story about truth, love, and finding joy."
Review Quote*"This is a gorgeous book. It's tender and fierce, beautiful even as it depicts some ugly truths. Tahereh's prose is passionate and honest, unsentimental and big-hearted. The very best books move you to reconsider the world around you and this is one of those. I truly loved it."