Told in alternating narratives that bridge centuries, the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Samira Ahmed traces the lives of two young women fighting to write their own stories and escape the pressure of familial burdens and cultural expectations in worlds too long defined by men. Its August in Paris and 17-year-old Khayyam MaquetAmerican, French, Indian, Muslimis at a crossroads. This holiday with her professor parents should be a dream trip for the budding art historian. But her maybe-ex-boyfriend is probably ghosting her, she might have just blown her chance at getting into her dream college, and now all she really wants is to be back home in Chicago figuring out her messy life instead of brooding in the City of Light. Two hundred years before Khayyams summer of discontent, Leila is struggling to survive and keep her true love hidden from the Pasha who has gifted her with favored status in his harem. In the present dayand with the company of a descendant of Alexandre DumasKhayyam begins to connect allusions to an enigmatic 19th-century Muslim woman whose path may have intersected with Alexandre Dumas, Eugene Delacroix, and Lord Byron. Echoing across centuries, Leila and Khayyams lives intertwine, and as one womans long-forgotten life is uncovered, anothers is transformed.