The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali
Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali is looking forward to going to Caltech and getting away from her conservative Muslim parents' expectation that she will marry, especially since she is in love with her girlfriend Ariana--but when her parents catch her kissing Ariana, they whisk Rukhsana off to Bangladesh and a world of tradition and arranged marriages, and she must find the courage to fight for the right to choose her own path.
Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Family violence; Bicultural; Immigrants and refugees; Gay/Lesbian; abusive parents; domestic abuse; bicultural teenager; immigrant parents; gay; gay teenager; lesbian; lesbian teenager
Asian (Bangladeshi American)
mother and father
gay male; lesbian female
Bangladesh; Muslim; Islam; arranged marriage; sexual assault; diary; cousins; homophobia; escape
Ali, Rukhsana, "The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali" (2019). Diverse Families. 1705.