Jameela Green Ruins Everything

HarperAudio. May 2022. 8:59 hrs. ISBN 9780358622178. $27.99. F
The debut novel by Nawaz (filmmaker of Little Mosque on the Prairie and author of the memoir Laughing All the Way to the Mosque) is a biting satire about struggling writer Jameela Green. All Jameela wants is to see her memoir on the New York Times best-sellers list. Listeners will travel along as she seeks out this goal, entangling herself in a string of increasingly ridiculous scenarios, each more hilarious than the last. Listeners will be happy to join her on her unintended path to spiritual enlightenment. Jameela is a wonderfully imperfect, ridiculously sarcastic human, who leaves a path of emotional destruction in her wake (the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the last Godzilla flick), all under the guise of “doing good.” Listeners who love dark comedy with lots of cultural satire will love Nawaz’s witty writing, which is brought to life by narrator Aizzah Fatima, who brings gusto to an already entertaining story and juxtaposes spot-on comedic timing with serious topics.
VERDICT This constantly surprising, thought-provoking novel is highly recommend for anyone interested in quirky heroines, cultural politics, or satire.
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