Before she was the legendary Persian queen who spun a thousand tales, Shaherazade was a girl who saw something she shouldn't have.
She told the king.
She thought she was doing what was right.
She couldn't have imagined what was to come.
The Seljuk Empire is on fire and the king is on a rampage after learning of his wife's infidelity. Unsated by her execution, he has gone on to wed and behead a new wife night after night. Fear spreads through the city and Shaherazade must do something, anything, to halt the horror she has set in motion. When the king starts searching for his next bride, Shaherazade steps forward.
As the sun sets on her wedding night, she begins to weave a tale that will go down in history.
If you had to tell one story to save your life, what would it be?
Every Rising Sun Paperback edition by Jamila Ahmed
Jamila Ahmed is a Pakistani-American lawyer and writer whose writing focuses on the stories and histories of the South Asian and Muslim diaspora.
Coming of age during the American wars and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan - and the attendant propaganda about the barbarity of Islam - Jamila wanted to find novels that authentically reflected her experience as a young Muslim woman and the rich complexity of Islamic history. When she couldn't find any, she picked up her pen and began writing Every Rising Sun.
Jamila is a graduate of Barnard College, where she studied medieval Islamic history, and Harvard Law School. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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