Imagine an Australian version of ‘Sex and The City’ with Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha, but without the sex part (they do have Facebook though!). This is exactly what you get when you read children’s author Randa Abdel-Fattah’s first foray into adult writing with ‘No Sex In The City.’
This brilliant novel follows 28 year old Esma and her friends Lisa, Ruby and Nirvana through the ups and downs of dating. Tired of playing the “Where is The One hiding out?” quest, Esma asks her friends to join the ‘No Sex In The City’ club. Throw in some internet dating, a pair of meddling Turkish parents and an overprotective (almost) mother in law, and the book feels just like having a laugh over a coffee with your best girlfriends.
The book ended on a rather predictable note, but I was too busy laughing and falling in love with the characters to mind. The Australian setting and references added even more charm to the novel making it a fabulous read. Tackling topical issues today, especially around being a Muslim and dating, highlighted that the issues we face as women are universal no matter what our religion is.
Available now: Pan MacMillan RRP$27.99