We’re More Alike Than Different

Sabina Khan’s inspiration for her new novel The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali was when her 17-year-old daughter came out.

“She spoke often of other teens at her school who came from conservative families and were unable to come out to them. Some didn’t feel safe anywhere and were hurting,” Khan says. “I wanted to write a story about a young girl who just wants to be loved for who she is and doesn’t want to conform to what her parents and others in her life want her to be.”

Khan herself grew up in several cultures, which she says had a lasting effect of teaching her “that the lines we draw around ourselves in the name of community, religion, and other labels are just that. They’re labels and nothing more. Once we see past them, it becomes clear that we’re more alike than different and even those differences just make us unique in beautiful ways and shouldn’t be used to push each other away."

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Mon, 2019-04-01 (All day)