Courting Samira

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
It may be the 21st century, but who says courtship is obsolete? This story is a light-hearted but honest peek into the life of a young, single Muslim woman living in Sydney – the joys of a blossoming romance (all very proper), the courtship rituals (so Jane Austen), the struggle with career and, of course, Arab Guilt. More

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About Amal Awad

Amal Awad is a Sydney-based journalist, author and screenwriter.

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Reviews

Hari Gupta reviewed on March 23, 2012

Intelligent, sophisticated and compulsive:
That was a fantastic read! I'd highly recommend anyone to grab a copy, either in print (after the launch) or online - the book is 'unputdownable' and the characters are so believable. My only criticism was that it was too short - I could have read more and more - can't wait for the next one, or the movie!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
astrydom reviewed on Feb. 2, 2012
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Fantastic book. Love the subtle humour. Can't put it down!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
ninja reviewed on Dec. 16, 2011

Very good read and not your predictable story.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
peculia reviewed on Nov. 1, 2011

On first impression, Courting Samira might appear only a fluffy love story — but it would be a mistake to underestimate it. Author Amal Awad has imbued it with subtle layers — on the top, the story of a Muslim woman navigating the tricky territory of culture and romance, but on its deeper levels, an exploration of that culture and what it means to those who live in it, as well as a wry (and affectionate) criticism of Austenian romance.

Awad's characterisation is perfect. Each person feels rounded and three-dimensional, and protagonist Samira is almost alive. Her confidential tone makes the reader feel as if this is a close friend rather than a character — her exchanges with her friends in particular bring to life her wit and heart.

Above all, Courting Samira is tremendous fun, and an absolute delight from start to finish.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
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