Hana Khan Carries On

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Hana Khan Carries On is the sophomore novel of Toronto writer Uzma Jalaluddin.[1] It was released in April 2021.[2][3][4] Like her 2019 debut, Ayesha at last, it is a romantic comedy set largely in Toronto's muslim community.[5]

On June 29, 2021, the book made the longlist of ten candidates for the Toronto Book Awards.[6]


Hana Khan works at her family's restaurant, Three Sisters Biryani Poutine, that integrates South Asian and Quebecois food.[1][2][7] She is podcaster, who aspires to a career in radio.[8] A rival restaurant opens nearby, and Khan budding relationship with its owner has been compared with the central premise of the popular movie You've Got Mail, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.[2][9] You've got Mail was itself an adaptation of two ealier movies, that had starred Gary Cooper and Jimmy Stewart. The element these earlier works shared was that love developed between anonymous pen-pals, who thought they had never met in real life, without realizing they did know one another in real life, and couldn't stand one another.[5]


CTV News commented that, while the book is generally positive and joyful, it does not shrink away from covering the Islamophobia Canadian muslims sometimes experience.[10]





  1. 1.0 1.1 Pooja Makhijani (2020-11-06). "Recipe for Love: Romance Novels 2020–2021". Publisher's Weekly. Archived from the original on 2020-11-26. https://web.archive.org/web/20201126132447/https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/new-titles/adult-announcements/article/84831-recipe-for-love-romance-novels-2020-2021.html. Retrieved 2021-03-28. "'I always want people to come to my books for entertainment, and to fall in love with the characters, and to be swept away by the love story, but also to learn something about a community they may not be familiar with,' Jalaluddin says." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ryan Porter (2021-01). "2021 Spring Preview: Fiction". Quill and Quire. Archived from the original on 2021-03-18. https://web.archive.org/web/20210318040416/https://quillandquire.com/omni/2021-spring-preview-fiction/. Retrieved 2021-03-28. "In Hana Khan Carries On, a waitress with ambitions to make it in radio falls for the owner of a rival halal restaurant in a novel Jalaluddin compares to the Nora Ephron romance You’ve Got Mail." 
  3. "Hana Khan Carries On: A Novel". Harper Collins. Archived from the original on 2021-01-29. https://web.archive.org/web/20210129144229/https://www.harpercollins.ca/9781443461467/hana-khan-carries-on/. Retrieved 2020-08-15. "From the author of Ayesha at Last comes a sparkling new rom-com for fans of “You’ve Got Mail,” set in two competing halal restaurants." 
  4. "Hana Khan Carries On: A Novel". 49th Shelf. Archived from the original on 2021-03-29. https://web.archive.org/web/20210328041745/https://49thshelf.com/Books/H/Hana-Khan-Carries-On. Retrieved 2020-08-15. "Sales are slow at Three Sisters Biryani Poutine, the only halal restaurant in the close-knit Golden Crescent neighbourhood. Hana waitresses there part time, but what she really wants is to tell stories on the radio." 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Hana Khan Carries On: Uzma Jalaluddin". Atlantic Books. Archived from the original on 2021-01-12. https://web.archive.org/web/20210121121936/https://atlantic-books.co.uk/book/hana-khan-carries-on/. Retrieved 2021-03-28. "But a hate-motivated attack on their neighbourhood complicates the situation further, as does Hana’s growing attraction for Aydin, the young owner of the rival business. Who might not be a complete stranger after all…" 
  6. Cassandra Drudi (2021-06-29). "Toronto Book Awards longlist announced". Quill & Quire. Archived from the original on 2021-06-30. https://web.archive.org/web/20210630010542/https://quillandquire.com/omni/toronto-book-awards-longlist-announced/. Retrieved 2021-07-03. "The longlist for this year’s Toronto Book Awards has been announced, and features 10 books across genres that the jury selected from the record 93 books submitted for consideration." 
  7. "Hana Khan Carries On, by Uzma Jalaluddin, release date: April 13, 2021". Kirkus Reviews. Archived from the original on 2021-03-28. https://web.archive.org/web/20210328043031/https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/uzma-jalaluddin/hana-khan-carries-on/. Retrieved 2021-03-28. "Hana’s feistiness and occasional impulsiveness make her an endearing protagonist, and you'll root for her especially when darker events threaten to torpedo the carefully constructed community festival her family has cobbled together." 
  8. Shyla Watson (2021-03-26). "Love Is In Bloom In These 27 Must-Read Spring Romance Novels: Hearts and flowers and feels, oh my!". Buzz Feed magazine. Archived from the original on 2021-03-26. https://web.archive.org/web/20210326220855/https://www.buzzfeed.com/shylawatson/spring-romance-novels-list-2021. Retrieved 2021-03-28. "Hana's dreams take a backseat when a competing restaurant with a very attractive, somewhat familiar owner pops up, putting her job at risk." 
  9. Sabienna Bowman (2021-04-01). "Looking For a Romantic Recommendation? Here Are April's 12 Greatest New Love Stories". Pop Sugar. https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/best-new-romance-books-april-2021-48241374. Retrieved 2021-04-03. "There's a dash of You've Got Mail sprinkled into Uzma Jalaluddin's lovely Hana Khan Carries On." 
  10. Jeremiah Rodriguez (2021-04-27). "Canadian author's second book touches upon love and Islamophobia". CTV News (Toronto). Archived from the original on 2021-04-30. https://web.archive.org/web/20210430024538/https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/canadian-author-s-second-book-touches-upon-love-and-islamophobia-1.5404072. Retrieved 2021-07-03. "Although the book is full of funny characters and “hopeful, joyful moments,” the book does touch upon an persistent issue for Muslim Canadians: Islamophobia." 
  11. Kayleigh Donaldson (2021-04-09). "The Pajiba March 2021 Book Recommendations Superpost!". The Pajiba. Archived from the original on 2021-04-09. https://web.archive.org/web/20210409215749/https://www.pajiba.com/miscellaneous/the-pajiba-march-2021-book-recommendations-superpost.php. Retrieved 2021-04-11. "Jalaluddin’s work is so effortlessly charming yet deceptively layered in its thematic heft." 
  12. "Uzma Jalaluddin's novel Hana Khan Carries On is a modern day meet-cute inspired by a love of rom-coms". CBC Radio. 2021-04-23. https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thenextchapter/full-episode-april-24-2021-1.5997576/uzma-jalaluddin-s-novel-hana-khan-carries-on-is-a-modern-day-meet-cute-inspired-by-a-love-of-rom-coms-1.5997579. Retrieved 2021-07-03. 
  13. Uzma Jalaluddin (2021-04-05). "Diss romance all you like — ‘I choose to write happy, funny stories as a light against the darkness’". Toronto Star. https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/opinion/2021/04/05/dis-romance-all-you-like-i-choose-to-write-happy-funny-stories-as-a-light-against-the-darkness.html. Retrieved 2021-07-03.