Can’t Wait Wednesday – A VERY LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA by Tahereh Mafi


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is A VERY LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA by Tahereh Mafi.  The synopsis for this book grabbed my attention as soon as I read it.  It sounds like it’s going to be a powerful story that really resonates with many readers.  I also read somewhere that it’s partly based on the author’s own experiences, which I think makes it resonate even more.



Publication Date:  October 16, 2018


From Goodreads:

It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day.  So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.


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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

30 replies
  1. verushka
    verushka says:

    This sounds wonderful, Suzanne — and timely. I feel like it’s a story that’s going to break my heart (but hopefully put it back together again by the end) I do wonder what world Ocean comes from… the blurb makes that sound like there’s more to him somehow

  2. Literary Feline
    Literary Feline says:

    This is new to me, and now I would like to read this one too! I can’t imagine what Shirin is going through. This sounds like a must read book. Thank you for sharing!

  3. ShootingStarsMag
    ShootingStarsMag says:

    I’ve never read Mafi before, but I think this one is something I’d probably enjoy more as it’s contemporary and seems like it deals with some tough topics, and I love those type of books!


  4. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    This sounds really good! I’m not a fan of Tahereh Mafi’s writing style but I might try to read this one! I hope you’ll enjoy it! Have a wonderful day!

  5. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    I don’t even care what it’s about. I love Mafi’s books. I read 3 of the Shatter Me books (so far), and both Furthermore books, and I really enjoyed them all.

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