After a childhood raised on Bollywood, Monty Python, and Jane Austen, Farah Heron wove complicated story arcs and uplifting happily ever afters in her daydreams while pursuing careers in human resources and psychology. She started writing those stories down a few years ago, and never looked back. She writes romantic comedies and women’s fiction full of huge South Asian families, delectable food, and most importantly, brown people falling stupidly in love. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children, along with a gerbil and a rabbit. She is considering getting a cat.
Farah’s debut novel, The Chai Factor, was released by HarperCollins Canada in June of 2019. It has been named one of the summer’s best books by The Globe and Mail, and has been praised in Book Riot, Smart Bitches Trashy Books, Bustle and more. Farah’s next release will be will be The Right Spice, by Forever/Grand Central Books.
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From the publisher:
Thirty-year-old engineer Amira Khan has set one rule for herself: no dating until her grad-school thesis is done. Nothing can distract her from completing a paper that is so good her boss will give her the promotion she deserves when she returns to work in the city. Amira leaves campus early, planning to work in the quiet basement apartment of her family’s house. But she arrives home to find that her grandmother has rented the basement to . . . a barbershop quartet. Seriously? The living situation is awkward: Amira needs silence; the quartet needs to rehearse for a competition; and Duncan, the small-town baritone with the flannel shirts, is driving her up the wall.
As Amira and Duncan clash, she is surprised to feel a simmering attraction for him. How can she be interested in someone who doesn’t get her, or her family’s culture? This is not a complication she needs when her future is at stake. But when intolerance rears its ugly head and people who are close to Amira get hurt, she learns that there is more to Duncan than meets the eye. Now she must decide what she is willing to fight for. In the end, it may be that this small-town singer is the only person who sees her at all.
“Heron effortlessly weaves life’s serious issues into this delightful romantic comedy. A brilliant debut.”Tanaz Bhathena, author of The Beauty of the Moment and A Girl Like That
“A heart-warming, hilarious rom-com that you will not be able to put down … A great debut by a very talented author.”Sabina Khan, author of The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali
“Amira and Duncan are irresistible. You’ll be rooting for them from the start, laughing along the way, and cheering when they finally figure things out. Farah Heron writes with the keen eye of a satirist and the big heart of a romantic.”Jenny Holiday, author of Bridesmaids Behaving Badly and One and Only