Let me tell you. It has been such a thrill watching Samira Ahmed and her debut, Love, Hate & Other Filters, find fans in readers, reviewers, and authors in the YA sphere. An important, beautiful book about family, friendship, and fighting against racism, it’ll hit bookstores everywhere in January, and Samira is gearing up for some great things.
She’s also kept herself busy, preparing for the launch of her book… by writing another one.
And I’m thrilled to say that Samira will be publishing another book with the amazing Soho Teen team in the Fall of 2019!
In MAD BAD & DANGEROUS TO KNOW readers are swept away on a literary mystery on the streets of Paris with Khayyam, a Muslim teen who summers annually with her parents in France, and a teen boy named Alexandre Dumas, who yes, is related to the person he shares a name with.
As they try to unravel the secrets behind the story of cherchez la femme– a mysterious raven-tressed lady who first appears in letters between the classic author and his friend, the painter Eugène Delacroix, they are wrapped up in questions about poetry, literature, and art.
And as the mystery surrounding Leila, the girl in the painting, unravels… her story as a Muslim woman living in Paris in the 1840’s is mirrored with Khayyam’s as a Muslim teenager in the present day. And as Khayyam explores a Parisian world full of literature, history, poetry, art, and forbidden love, she wrestles with her feelings for Alexandre… and the boy that may or may not be waiting for her back home.
It’s a story about trying to discern truth from fiction, and how the line between the two isn’t always clear, and I’m so excited to see Samira with another book with Soho and legendary editor Daniel Ehrenhaft, who has quickly gone on to become one of my favorite humans. If you don’t follow him on Twitter already, fix that.
MAD BAD & DANGEROUS TO KNOW reads like a YA take on Possession by A.S. Byatt, mashed together with The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh and Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. It’s a blend of romance and history, and lovers of literature, poetry, and art will find so much to adore in Samira’s latest book.
Here’s the blip from Publisher’s Weekly:
Congrats Samira! I can’t wait for readers to meet Khayyam and Alexandre.