Three Pakistani-American teenagers, on a trip through the land of pork ribs, mechanical bulls, and Confederate flags. It’s going to be quite an adventure.
The summer after her freshman year of college, Mariam is looking forward to working and hanging out with her best friends: irrepressible and beautiful Ghazala and religious but closeted Umar.
But when a scandalous photo of Ghaz appears on a billboard in Times Square, Mariam and Umar come up with a plan to rescue her from her furious parents. And what could be a better escape than a spontaneous road trip down to New Orleans?
With the heartbreaking honesty of Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’ mixed with the cultural growing pains and smart snark of When Dimple Met Rishi, this wry, remarkable road-trip story is about questioning where you come from—and choosing the family that chooses you back.
Sheba Karim is the author of Mariam Sharma Hits the Road, That Thing We Call a Heart, and Skunk Girl. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and NYU School of Law and currently lives in Nashville. You can visit her online at www.shebakarim.com.
“Mariam Sharma Hits the Road, like all great road trip stories, is about finding adventure, finding surprises, and finding yourself. It’s also so much fun that it’s not until the journey is over that you realize the depth of what you’ve just read.” — Abdi Nazemian, author of The Authentics
“Sheba Karim has done it again! Funny, heartwarming, and achingly real, Mariam Sharma Hits the Road is the road-trip novel everyone needs to be reading right now.” — Sandhya Menon, New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi and From Twinkle, With Love
“Readers who enjoy a great road trip story and those desiring to read more ‘own voices’ stories will find much to enjoy here.” — Booklist
“An entertaining story that examines tough issues.” — Kirkus Reviews
“With warmth and intimacy, Karim explores the bond among the three protagonists, as well as their individual identity conflicts.” — Publishers Weekly
“Karim offers a nuanced perspective on the road trip novel, centering the experiences of three South Asian American teens who also encounter racism and Islamophobia on their journey of self-discovery. This joyously exuberant tale will speak to readers who enjoy a blend of barbed humor and poignant reflection.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
“For all of its facing of issues, Mariam Sharma feels like a celebration of being young and on the road with good friends by your side.... A fast read that’s fun, political, and the perfect addition to a summer travel bag.” — NPR