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Every Rising Sun: A spellbinding reimagining of The Thousand and One Nights

Jamila Ahmed

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Persian (Farsi), Myth & legend told as fiction, Historical fiction, Middle Eastern history, Folklore, myths & legends

FOR A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS SHAHERAZADE TOLD STORIES. THIS IS HERS. A spellbinding reimagining of the Arabian Nights and the fearless woman at the heart of it all: Shaherazade.

'Lyrically imaginative . . . enthralling' GUARDIAN

Before she was the legendary Persian queen who spun a thousand tales, Shaherazade was a girl who saw something she shouldn't have.

She told the king.

She thought she was doing what was right.

She couldn't have imagined what was to come.

The Seljuk Empire is on fire and the king is on a rampage after learning of his wife's infidelity. Unsated by her execution, he has gone on to wed and behead a new wife night after night. Fear spreads through the city and Shaherazade must do something, anything, to halt the horror she has set in motion. When the king starts searching for his next bride, Shaherazade steps forward.

As the sun sets on her wedding night, she begins to weave a tale that will go down in history.

'A sumptuous, moreish novel infused with the joys of storytelling' LEILA ABOULELA, author of Minaret

'I was entranced by this marvel of a book, wound about by the weave of its tales, unable to put it down' CLAIRE GILBERT, author of I, Julian

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Praise for Every Rising Sun: A spellbinding reimagining of The Thousand and One Nights

  • A beautifully imagined and fiercely feminist retelling of a cherished classic . . . You won't want to miss Ahmed's gorgeous writing, this rich and vibrant world, and of course, Shaherazade, a timeless heroine who speaks with an urgency it's impossible to deny

  • Richly imagined and sumptuously told . . . Ahmed deftly interweaves history and myth to create a world that is as compelling as it is magical

  • Gorgeous . . . Ahmed flawlessly weaves together countless threads to create a stunning tapestry revealing the bonds that tie people together and the deceptions that tear them apart

  • With imaginative creativity and embellishment of its 12th-century Persia setting, this novel is a striking testament to the power of stories - Library Journal

  • A sumptuous, moreish novel infused with the joys of storytelling. A bold, heady journey into the riches and passions of Crusader history, presenting a fresh and fascinating Muslim perspective

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Jamila Ahmed

Jamila Ahmed is a Pakistani-American lawyer and writer whose writing focuses on the stories and histories of the South Asian and Muslim diaspora. Coming of age during the American wars and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan - and the attendant propaganda about the 'barbarity' of Islam - Jamila wanted to find novels that authentically reflected her experience as a young Muslim woman and the rich complexity of Islamic history. When she couldn't find any, she picked up her pen and began writing Every Rising Sun.

Jamila is a graduate of Barnard College, where she studied medieval Islamic history, and Harvard Law School. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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