A wee interview in Kirkus got me thinking. Here’s a woman who wrote SFF and who has now published a mainstream novel for adults. Mostly we see this going the other way. People like Marlon James, Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, etc, have been dipping their toes (and whole legs in some cases) into the spec fic waters for years, but I’ve seldom seen it go the other way. Does this mean we’re finally starting get rid of all these silly lines? I suppose not, if it’s still news. But interesting times, that it’s happening at all.
Beloved worldwide for her epic Ember in the Ashes fantasy series, Sabaa Tahir’s latest, All My Rage (Razorbill/Penguin, March 1), follows high school seniors Salahudin and Noor, who live in Juniper, a small California desert town. Flashbacks to Lahore, Pakistan, where Salahudin’s mother Misbah’s story began, provide context for his family’s current situation as financially struggling motel owners. The sole survivor of the earthquake that destroyed her village in Pakistan, Noor was brought to Juniper to live with her uncle, who runs a liquor store. Inseparable from childhood, the teens navigate family secrets as well as their currently strained friendship—and the fragile tendrils of something more. College applications and high school social dynamics sit alongside questions of faith, culture, racism, love, abuse, loyalty, betrayal, and more. Grounded in richly evoked settings, the book’s deep emotional honesty will speak to a broad swath of teen and adult readers.