Corona: The Soundtrack

BUSHRA REHMAN ON CORONA: THE (IMAGINARY) FILM SCORE “CORONA is filled with music, whether it’s references to specific artists (I tortured my fellow passengers on a road trip by bringing mix CDs that only contained Tom Waits) or entire underground music scenes (I fell hard for a Bengali mathematician I met at Basement Bhangra). The […]

Corona reviewed in The Four Quarters Magazine

“WHEN THE POLITICAL IS PERSONAL AND THE PAST, CONTINUOUS” By Bhaswati Ghosh December 8, 2013 “For second-generation immigrants born to South Asian immigrant parents in the Western world, life is a two-fold quest. While their parents float in self-created bubbles by popping open the time capsules in which they arrive from their home country, the […]

Corona reviewed in the Village Voice

“Q&A: Queens Native Bushra Rehman On Her Debut Novel and Growing Up Pakistani Muslim in Queens” By Heather Baysa July 31, 2013 “Bushra Rehman’s first novel, Corona, is a fragmented, poetic, on-the-road adventure told from the perspective of the charismatic Razia Mirza. After coming of age in a tight Muslim community surrounding the first Sunni […]

Corona Reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly

Razia, our Desi born heroine begins life in Corona, Queens, a neighborhood once referred to by F. Scott Fitzgerald as the “Valley of Ashes.” From there she starts a journey that has her giving historical tours in Salem, M.A., where her darkness aggravates donors and history buffs, smoking pot in the tenderloin of San Francisco […]

Corona reviewed in The Cornell Sun

By Madeline Salinas “Ultimately, in Corona, Rehman’s strategy is to convey the complex gender dynamics of her culture by telling a variety of different stories, each exploring a different perspective on the relationships between men and women in relationships and families. To the colored women writers in the audience, Rehman says, “The more of us […]

Corona reviewed in B*tch Magazine

By Kjerstin Johnson “Rehman uses humorous and honest powers of observation to tell more about America than any academic book, and reminds us that we come of age our entire lives.” Buy the Issue today!

Corona reviewed in The Wellesley News

By Alice Liang “The sharp irony of Corona begins with it’s title and continues through the novel’s short stories.” Read full article  

Corona reviewed in Muslimah Media Watch

By Shireen “Corona is Bushra Rehman’s riveting first novel. The first sentence of the book begins by smashing assumptions; we think “Corona” and think alcoholic beverage. Well, I certainly do. But that’s not what Rehman is writing about. ‘Corona, and I’m not talking about the beer. I’m talking about a little village perched between under […]

Corona in Feminist Wire

By Shubhra Sharma October 30, 2013 ““I am not that kind of an Indian,” says Razia Mirza, thus uttering all that can and needs to be said. In Bushra Rehman’s new collection of short stories, Corona–and no, she is “not talking about the beer,” but rather Corona, New York—the author foregrounds the category called experience […]

Corona reviewed in Samar Magazine

By Zohra Saed “Corona is a poet’s novel. Bushra Rehman’s narrative voice is strong and musical. It leaps off the page and speaks directly to you, as if you were catching up with a long-lost friend. In a series of linked stories, Rehman paints a vibrant memorial to small treasure neighborhoods tucked deep in the […]

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