Inspired by her daughter, Sabina Khan ’97 shines a light on LGBT Muslim teen experiences in her debut young adult novel.
Published by Scholastic Press, The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali follows a Muslim-American teen sent to her parents’ native Bangladesh after they discover her relationship with a female classmate. The novel draws upon the experiences of Sabina and her daughter, who came out at 17.
It was listed on many anticipated reads lists ahead of its Jan. 29, 2019, release, and was included on a list of best young adult reads from Seventeen Magazine. It is widely available.