The Chai Factor

The Chai Factor

Book - 2019
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Thirty-year-old engineer Amira Khan has set one rule for herself: no dating until her grad-school thesis is done. Nothing can distract her from completing a paper that is so good her boss will give her the promotion she deserves when she returns to work in the city. Amira leaves campus early, planning to work in the quiet basement apartment of her family's house. But she arrives home to find that her grandmother has rented the basement to . . . a barbershop quartet. Seriously? The living situation is awkward: Amira needs silence; the quartet needs to rehearse for a competition; and Duncan, the small-town baritone with the flannel shirts, is driving her up the wall. As Amira and Duncan clash, she is surprised to feel a simmering attraction for him. How can she be interested in someone who doesn't get her, or her family's culture? This is not a complication she needs when her future is at stake. But when intolerance rears its ugly head and people who are close to Amira get hurt, she learns that there is more to Duncan than meets the eye. Now she must decide what she is willing to fight for. In the end, it may be that this small-town singer is the only person who sees her at all.
Publisher: Toronto : Harper Avenue, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781443457644
Characteristics: 385 pages ;,23 cm.

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LPL_AdultServices Jun 23, 2020

Filled with honest, insightful moments, this is just the kind story we need to understand our world better, and to play a part in showcasing its diversity.


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dhspanda
Feb 02, 2020

I loved that this story had unconventional components as well as issues that many are uncomfortable with. Initially, I didn’t like the way the dialogue was written because it seemed somewhat unnatural, but you get accustomed to it. Many of the aspects of Sameer’s and Amira’s mother’s stories really hit home with me, and I broke into actual tears several times. Would reread overall.

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Lasha1217
Sep 09, 2019

I gobbled this book up so quickly and am ready to re-read it. If this is what modern rom-com is then I'm a fan. This book is fun, witty, intelligent and sexy, as well as on point when it comes to cultural diversity issues in our country. The sexual heat between the two main characters was nicely written and the inter-generational family dynamics in immigrant families rings so true. What a great book. I want to know how Amira and Duncan make it work. I'm rooting for them.

JessicaGma Sep 03, 2019

Yes, it may be just another romcom, but what sets this one apart for me is the Toronto setting, the barbershop quartet competition, and the diverse cast of characters, with one person of the main couple being a Muslim woman - nicely done. It's a great little read, and I appreciated the more homegrown-ness of it, as one does tire of everything happening in NYC.

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Aug 20, 2019

CHRISTA WERLE thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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