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Tanaz Bhathena


Tanaz Bhathena was born in India and raised in Saudi Arabia and Canada. She is the author of "A Girl Like That" and "The Beauty of the Moment" (forthcoming Feb. 26, 2019). Her short stories have appeared in various journals including Blackbird, Witness and Room. A wanderer at heart, Tanaz can often be found traveling to different countries, learning bits and pieces of a foreign language, and taking way too many photographs. She loves slapstick comedies and any kind of music that makes her dance. She lives in the Toronto area with her family.

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Books:
A Girl Like That
Children / Teens
Farrar, Straus & Giroux (BYR)
February 2018
ISBN 9780374305444
384 pages
$17.99, INSTOCK
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In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, sixteen-year-old half-Hindu/half-Parsi Zarin Wadia is the class troublemaker and top subject for the school rumor blogs, regularly leaving class to smoke cigarettes in cars with boys, but she also desperately wants to grow up and move out of her aunt and uncle's house, perhaps realizing too late that Porus, another non-Muslim Indian who risks deportation but remains devoted to Zarin, could help her escape.

The Beauty of the Moment
Children / Teens
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
February 2019
ISBN 9780374308445
320 pages
$17.99, NYP
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Sixteen-year-old Susan is the new girl in her Canadian high school, striving to meet her parents' academic expectations, missing the friends she left behind in Saudi Arabia, dreaming of pursuing her passion for art, and secretly meeting with troublemaker Malcolm.

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