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Tanaz Bhathena

Tanaz Bhathena was born in Mumbai, India, and raised in Saudi Arabia and Toronto, Canada, where she continues to live.

Fiction (Young Adult)

The Beauty of the Moment

New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, 2019.
Toronto: Penguin Teen, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers, 2019.

Publisher’s Synopsis (FSG, from its website)

Susan is the new girl—she’s sharp and driven, and strives to meet her parents’ expectations of excellence. Malcolm is the bad boy—he started raising hell at age fifteen, after his mom died of cancer, and has had a reputation ever since.
Susan’s parents are on the verge of divorce. Malcolm’s dad is a known adulterer.

Susan hasn’t told anyone, but she wants to be an artist. Malcolm doesn’t know what he wants—until he meets her.

Love is messy and families are messier, but in spite of their burdens, Susan and Malcolm fall for each other. The ways they drift apart and come back together are testaments to family, culture, and being true to who you are.

Fiction (Young Adult)

A Girl Like That

New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018.
PS8603 .H3884 G57 2018

Publisher’s Synopsis (FSG from its website)

Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school. You don’t want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is it that eighteen-year-old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned. And as her story is pieced together, told through multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that.

This beautifully written debut novel from Tanaz Bhathena reveals a rich and wonderful new world to readers; tackles complicated issues of race, identity, class, and religion; and paints a portrait of teenage ambition, angst, and alienation that feels both inventive and universal.

Awards and Honours

2018 The Globe 100 (Globe and Mail, 1 Dec. 2018)
2019 Amy Mathers Teen Book Award (Finalist)


Tanaz Bhathena personal website

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group

Publisher Penguin Random House Canada