BLOOMINGTON — Illinois Wesleyan University alum Sabina Khan has just published a novel for Muslim LGBTQ youth.
A press release from IWU said the book, The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali, follows the story of Rukhsana Ali, a Muslim American teenager in a secret relationship with her classmate Ariana. Her parents send her to Bangladesh in an effort to distance their daughter from Western influences. But she finds her grandmother’s diary and gets inspiration from it.
“There are a hundred different versions of Rukhsana’s story out there and it would still be about a South Asian LGBTQ Muslim,” Khan told NBC in an interview. She said that she had been inspired by her own daughter coming out at 17.
The book has appeared on Barnes and Noble’s list of anticipated LGBTQAP reads, Cosmpolitan’s anticipated books by people of color, and Seventeen Magazine’s best young adult reads of the year. It is available on Amazon.