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A Very Large Expanse of Sea

By Tahereh Mafi
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi digital book - Fable

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Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature!

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.

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Thinking Face“One thing I can always say about Tahereh Mafi is that her writing is out of this world. I found myself feeling that teenage discomfort I once knew all too well, but also feeling the pain of a character whose position I have never and will never know. Reading about a Muslim girl following 9/11 is no doubt a hard topic, but that also highlights my privilege. I think it was revolutionary and impactful to read a story with a girl who wears hijab as the main character, who finds love and respect in someone even when the world around her gives her none of that. It was beautiful, I have no other word to describe it. Now, with that, comes the cringey-ness of a teenage story, especially in 2002, but it was so real and true to the setting. I regret putting reading this book off for so long.”
Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenComing of ageRacism
“rtc <33”

About Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi is the #1 international bestselling and National Book Award–nominated author of over a dozen books, including the Shatter Me series, the Woven Kingdom series, A Very Large Expanse of Sea, and An Emotion of Great Delight. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages. She lives in Southern California with her husband, fellow author Ransom Riggs, and their daughter. You can find her online at taherehmafi.com.

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