That Thing We Call A Heart
Sheba Karim’s second YA novel, That Thing We Call a Heart, received a starred review from Kirkus and features young love, Radiohead, Urdu poetry and pie. Her third YA novel, The Road Trip Effect, about three best friends on a road trip through the American South, will be out in 2018. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Nashville, TN. Find her at @shebakarim or on the web at www.shebakarim.com.
12:00-12:50pm: Panel – Superbad: Authors Expose Their Early Writing @ Art Matters Community Studio & Gallery
2:00-3:00pm: Signing in D93 Radio Station Parking Lot
When Shabnam Qureshi’s feisty best friend, Farah, starts wearing the headscarf, it begins to unravel their friendship. After hooking up with the most racist boy in school and telling a huge lie about a tragedy that happened to her family during the Partition of India in 1947, Shabnam is ready for high school to end. She has a plan: Get through the summer. Get to college. Don’t look back. Begin anew.
Everything changes when she meets Jamie, who scores her a job at his aunt’s pie shack, and meets her there every afternoon. Shabnam begins to see Jamie and herself like the rose and the nightingale of Urdu poetry, which, according to her father, is the ultimate language of desire. Jamie finds Shabnam fascinating—her curls, her culture, her awkwardness. Shabnam finds herself falling in love, but Farah finds Jamie worrying.
With Farah’s help, Shabnam uncovers the truth about Jamie, about herself, and what really happened during Partition. As she rebuilds her friendship with Farah and grows closer to her parents, Shabnam learns powerful lessons about the importance of love, in all of its forms.
Set against a backdrop of Radiohead and the evocative metaphors of Urdu poetry, THAT THING WE CALL A HEART is an honest, moving story of a young woman’s explorations of first love, the value of friendship, and what it means to be true.