Friday, January 13, 2012

An announcement: The secret love life of this American Muslim woman

I met K while hiking along a cliff in Fiji. Our eyes met over the jagged shoreline and instantly we knew this was it. Two years of committed dating later in which we frequented live shows, spoke for hours on the meaning of life in various coffee shops and flew to Italy to determine our travel compatibility, we married under a hut on the island of Lanai. It was just the two of us, and it was beautiful and it made me complete.

It's also mostly false.

I met my husband in a way different than most, a way that prompted some friends to offer to help me plot my escape, and left me tongue-tied when coworkers or colleagues asked how this girl met that boy. I often evaded, mostly generalized, and told few the truth but as my marriage grows I feel less timid and more sure of my story, more free to lay open that vulnerable piece of me for the world to see and to think of it what they will.

Which I now am. In a book. Love Insh'Allah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women published by Softskull Press is hitting bookshelves nationwide January 24, 2012 but available for pre-order here and delivered to you by release day.

The editors of the book told me my story made them cry. Early readers told me it gave them hope. I don't know what my story will mean to you, or the story of the 24 other brave and beautiful women whose stories will touch you, shock you [oh yes, some will definitely shock you], make you laugh, and quite possibly make you cry, but I know in this book, in my story, I spoke my truth, and while I didn't meet my husband in a sweeping grand romantic way, I met him. And therein is what gave my Fiji story it's fundamental grain of truth: a girl met a boy. And through a marriage of upheavals, and loss, and trials, and tests, I found beauty, joy,  and love, so much love that completed me in a way I never thought possible.  Alhamdullilah.

Thank you, a million times over, for your support.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

cant wait to read it!!!!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to read your story!!!! I saw this last night and put it on my wishlist. So cool that I will "know" someone in it!!!!:) Pixie

Aisha said...

Thanks Anon!

Thanks Pixie!!!!! Your support honestly does mean the world, I look forward to your thoughts once you've read it :)

Anonymous said...

Can't wait! Leigh Ann

Sunny said...

Oooooh, so exciting!!! I have been waiting for this news!!! Consider it preordered. :)

Aisha said...

Thanks Leigh Ann and Sunny!!! Look forward to your thoughts on it :))

Anonymous said...

w00t!!!

kmina said...

Finally!
Does it come as ebook as well?

Julia Munroe Martin said...

Looking forward to reading this -- exciting! Congratulations!

Aisha said...

Thanks Anon :)

Mina, than you! No its currently just print edition but it will be coming on e-book at some point though not exactly sure when that will be.

Julia, thanks so much!!!

Sprogblogger said...

Yay! I was planning on eventually buying this anyway, because I read one of the editors' blogs, but now? Now I just went to Amazon & pre-ordered that sucker! (something I almost never do). Yay & congratulations!

mezba said...

Can't wait to read it.

Aisha said...

Thanks Susan and Mezba that means a lot-- look forward to your thoughts :)

Anonymous said...

yay! :) is it available on the kindle?

cheryllookingforward said...

Congratulations! I'm very excited to read your book, it sounds amazing! I put it in my amazon cart and I'll be ordering it as soon as I get up to that elusive $25!! Maybe the book should be more expensive!

Sarah said...

Congratulations, that's awesome!!!

Aisha said...

Thank you so much Anon, Cheryll, Sarah!!! :) Anon, I don't believe it is out on Kindle yet, but it probably will be soon! :)

LoveInshAllah said...

So proud of you honey!

The Kindle version is available for pre-order bow.

http://www.amazon.com/Love-InshAllah-Secret-American-ebook/dp/B006VE7X9U/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1326213879&sr=1-1

Aisha said...

Thanks for clarifying! I wasn't sure- glad to hear that it is available on kindle at the link above!

mystic said...

Chalo! aesa hai, to parh ke dekhte hain !!!!

mystic said...

I saw kindle edition also getting released on Feb. 1

Aisha said...

Yeah, Mystic, it appears that the kindle is just a little bit after the print edition. Look forward to your thoughts :)

Anonymous said...

...how absolutely awesome, aisha!...will def. try to get my hands on this...

ash

'Murgdan' said...

How incredibly awesome! So excited for you. :) can't wait to read it.

Aisha said...

Thanks Ash and Murgdan!! Long time no speak for both of you!

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

How awesome! I can't wait to read your contribution and hope you'll be coming to the release party in SF- it'd be great to finally meet in person :)

yasmine said...

Isn't it funny, the different ways we tell our stories? Sometimes, I start off, "We met while I was on a business trip," and sometimes I say, "We met at a wedding," and both versions are true, but the nuances aren't really that important -- the point is, we met. You are so right when you point out that this is the most important thing.

Thankyou for speaking your truth, Aisha, and for your courage in telling your story. I can't wait to read it! =) Lovelovelove.

Kate said...

Congrats on getting published! How exciting. hope to read it soon...

Aisha said...

Thanks Azmina :) I will not be at the release party but do hope to meet some day insh'Allah :)

Aisha said...

Yasmine, your story was definitely one of my favorites, thank you for sweet comment, and so glad you met the amazing man I read about!

Kate, thanks so much!!!

Rachael said...

Yay!! So excited to read this! Congratulations on getting published!

Aisha said...

Thanks Rachael!!!

Rachael said...

You should sign up as an author on Goodreads--very good for getting the word out on your book in addition to whatever your publisher does for you.

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