Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

Ayesha at Last

A smart young Muslim Canadian woman navigates the complexities of career, love, and family in this lively homage to a Jane Austen classic. "While it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single Muslim man must be in want of a wife, there's an even greater truth: To his Indian mother, his own inclinations are of secondary importance." With that nod to Pride and Prejudice firmly in place, Jalaluddin lays the groundwork for a raucous story that...

Details Ayesha at Last

TitleAyesha at Last
Release DateJun 4th, 2019
PublisherBerkley Books
GenreRomance, Fiction, Contemporary, Retellings, Young Adult

Reviews Ayesha at Last

  • Miranda Reads
    "You're very honest.""I have been told it's one of my worst qualities." Ayesha is in her late twenties, unmarried and works for a living ( *cue the muted gasps of horror* ). As a modern Muslim, she walks through life with her head held high. Her best friend has a live-in boyfriend, she teaches at a coed school and...she's lonely. Very lonely.Her younger cousin, Hafsa, seems to have one arranged marriage proposal after another. Ayesha swore to her...
  • Meredith
    “Sometimes there were no words, only sunshine on your heart.”Ayesha at Last is a romantic comedy about marriage, love, and family in the Muslim culture. The plot loosely mirrors Pride and Prejudice but also incorporates elements of Shakespeare and other literature. The main characters, Ayesha and Khalid are not the typical characters who appear in commercial fiction. Ayesha is a strong, independent Muslim woman who is trying to find herself....
  • Liz
    The editors don’t do this book any favors comparing it to Pride and Prejudice. Other than a similar quote at the beginning and two headstrong characters, there aren’t many similarities until you get to the end. The comparison was actually a distraction, as I kept looking for similarities that weren’t there. If anything, this reminds me more of a Shakespearean comedy with its mistaken identities. I’m not usually a fan of women’s literatu...
  • Erin
    Because while it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single Muslim man must be in want of a wife, there's an even greater truth:To his Indian mother, his own inclinations are of secondary importance.All the stars for this debut Canadian author! Ayesha at Last was without a doubt my most anticipated 2018 release. Come on, a modern P&P set in Toronto and featuring two Muslim characters. It was absolutely perfect and I was all too sorry when ...
  • may ❀
    i meant to write this a very long time ago and then i forgot oops heheMINOR SPOILERS AHEADthis book honestly had great potential. judging by the synopsis alone, it basically sounded like the greatest book that would ever grace my life.when i picked it up, i became instantly invested in the story but somewhere along the way, between the teeny tiny font and the excessively long sentences, my emotional attachment slowly withered away to nothingmusli...
  • Susanne Strong
    3.5 Stars* (rounded up)Being yourself and following your heart is not always easy, nor is it allowed. In the Muslim culture, arranged marriages are often the norm. Ayesha, however, has never done what her family expects of her. Older than the other girls in her community, Ayesha also has a job: she’s a substitute school teacher and is also a gifted poet. She is passionate and has no qualms about speaking her mind. Hafsa is Ayesha’s younger co...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    The premise and characters alone in this made it so groundbreaking and fun to read. I like that this book explored Islam from both a traditional perspective and a modern one, and how those two interact. The representation in this, the wide cast of brown characters, and the way it's focused from Pride & Prejudice were really done nicely. I liked how snarky and headstrong Ayesha was, and she was modeled after Elizabeth Bennet so well. The biggest d...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Ayesha at Last is a modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice with a Muslim main character. I loved it! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Ayesha is a modern Muslim and dreams of being a poet, but she has to forgo those dreams at the moment to pay her uncle back. She’s become a teacher. Ayesha lives with her Muslim family who constantly remind her of potential marriage and that one of her cousins is currently turning down yet another marriage proposal. Ayesha ...
  • Katie B
    3.5 starsI'll admit I almost passed on this book because I thought does the world really need yet another modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice? Thankfully, I went ahead and read this book anyway and I can honestly say it feels like something fresh and different and not something I have read a hundred times before. Ayesha Shamsi lives in Canada and is working as teacher even though she has dreams of being a poet. Her cousin Hafsa is younger...
  • S.K. Ali
    I had the opportunity to read this adorable book before it releases to the world! World, you are in for a treat! FRTC
  • Emma
    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.75/5 starsFull review hereWhen I saw that this book was a Pride and Prejudice retelling featuring two Muslim characters living in Canada I knew I had to read it. I'm always up for a nice retelling with some good representation.This novel did not feel like a debut at all, the author Uzma Jalaluddin really did a good job, I was quite impressed.I mus...
  • Lisa
    I was happily surprised by this offbeat romantic comedy. The novel is billed as a modern day "Pride and Prejudice" but it is not a derivative retelling. Jalaluddin has created something new, nodding to both Austen and Shakespeare. She examines prejudice and narrow mindedness from several angles. I found myself re-thinking some of my assumptions as the novel progressed. A delightful read that is also thought provoking. (I won an ARC from the Goodr...
  • Anna Banana
    This was such a great Pride and Prejudice retelling! The perfect blend of sweet and swoony, this modern retelling was everything my P&P obsessed heart needed. I especially loved that this was centered around Muslim characters and family's. It was so great getting to learn about Ayesha and Khalid's culture and different (but also very relatable) perspectives on marriage, life and love. From nearly the first page, I was completely drawn in and I fo...
  • Anum Shaharyar
    Certain stories, it seems, will never stop being adapted, either into other genres and settings, or on to various mediums. One such versatile tale is Jane Austen’s 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice. From a British miniseries to a Bollywood adaptation (Bride and Prejudice) and even an online vlog (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), it has also crossed genres from the detective (Death Comes to Pemberly by P.D. James) to the undead (Pride and Prejudice and ...
  • Patricia
    I enjoyed reading AYESHA AT LAST. Ayesha is a young woman whose Muslim family immigrated to Canada from India. Ayesha works as a teacher to pay back money she owes to her rich uncle. Her uncle has a spoiled daughter who wants a hundred marriage proposals before she accepts anyone, while Ayesha does not want an arranged marriage. What follows is an interesting story where certain truths come out. I recommend this book!
  • Hollis
    It pains me to rate this so low considering all the excitement I had surrounding this title, not to mention the brilliant diversity in this particular retelling, but..If this story had been just about Ayesha and Khalid, with the former's delightful grandparents thrown into the mix, I probably would've rated this much higher. But then it also wouldn't have been as true to the PRIDE & PREJUDICE retelling. Or.. maybe it could've been! All I know is ...
  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
    Through a myriad of Pride and Prejudice adaptations, it would be easy to think you’ve seen it all. I am a total sucker for the story, because it is so timeless and I’ve always found the way two independent characters come together to make my heart swell. Uzma Jalaluddin’s novel Ayesha at Last features two Muslim leads living in Toronto and feeling the pull between culture, family, religion, love, and passion. I found Ayesha at Last to be an...
  • Robin Loves Reading
    Ayesha Shamsi is a modern Muslim and is quite talented as a poet and has the opportunity to share her poetry. However, she works as a substitute teacher. She longs to get married but is not keen on the process involved with her family and her faith. However, Ayesha is behaving quite conscientiously. When she and her family arrived in in Canada, from India, her uncle helped in tremendous ways, something that she makes her feel deeply indebted. She...
  • Somia
    This was a nice read, and in the first few chapters I found myself grinning as somethings reminded me of stories I’ve heard from friends, and in all honesty, what some of my older relatives have said to me about working versus getting married. I liked the fact that there wasn’t a judgemental tone in the depictions of what can, sometimes, occur within South Asian families, rather it was depicted with wry amusement and showed that whilst others...
  • alexis
    Simply the best Pride and Prejudice Retelling...Ayesha At Last is without a doubt my favorite Jane Austen retelling. In fact, it’s the first P&P retelling that broke 5 stars for me. Uzma Jalaluddin has done what no one else has been able to. Ayesha At Last is the poster child of what all other Retellings should be: familiar yet surprising, classic yet modern, and completely able to stand in their own right.I loved the modernizations like Ayesha...
  • ♥Rachel♥
    Finding love wasn’t a priority to Ayesha, she was focused on settling into her teaching job while pursuing her poetry writing/performing, her true passion, on the side. Upon meeting Khalid, Ayesha initially pegs him as a stiff, judgmental type of Muslim, not a man she’d have any sort of romantic interest in. Khalid judges Ayesha as a Muslim with loose morals. However, as circumstances throw them together, they find their initial impressions m...
  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    4 STARSThis book was one of my most anticipated reads.I was intrigued,axious and excited at the same time!I really liked most of it, there were though moments I struggled a little bit.Especially in the parts where the two main characters didn't interact very much with each other.Ayesha and Khalid did not fall in love straightaway, and I like this.They have some really sweet moments between them. If you're a fan of Pride and Prejudice you are goin...
  • nick
    4.5/5Ayesha at Last was a book I just couldn't wait to get my hands on to because:a) Look at that gorgeous cover!b) P&P retelling!c) Brown people falling in love!d) Did I mention, the gorgeous cover?????I'm so happy that Ayesha at Last hit all the right notes for me. It was such a gorgeously written debut and I, for one, can't wait to see what Uzma comes up with next! Ayesha at Last was charming from start to finish, and a lot of it has to do wit...
  • Bookphenomena (Micky)
    4.5 stars that I am rounding up.I am buzzing finishing this book, I have devoured it in 36 hours as life made me put it down a few times. This was a loose pride and prejudice take set in the Muslim community in Toronto. Most importantly it is own voices written (and a debut).Khalid is a beta-male character with little to paint an admirable picture of his personality. Khalid was a bit of a jerk, he lacked a verbal filter, judged too quickly but he...