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What do you do when you’re about to be fired, you don’t know what to say to your boyfriend’s marriage proposal, and your very strict Arab family is expecting only success? You run away on a week-long sun-filled vacation in Cuba, of course!Aline Hallaby, a nice, obedient Arab girl, has it all—a budding career at one of Montreal’s most prestigious accounting firms, a loving family, and a boyfriend of three years who has finally proposed. To top it all off, she’s about to fly to Cancún with her accounting classmates to celebrate passing the Uniform Final Examination. There’s just one tiny problem: Ali has failed the exam. She hasn’t told a soul. Not her parents. Not her boyfriend. And definitely not her boss, who will boot Ali out the door as soon as she finds out.
So rather than suffer through seven days in Cancún with her drunken-yet-successful classmates, Ali grabs her best friends, Sophie and Jasmin, and flees to the farthest place her airfare cancellation insurance will carry her: the resort town of Varadero Beach, Cuba. . . .
The sea, sand, and sun, not to mention the attentions of a certain Cuban dive instructor, soon have Ali feeling wonderfully careless and increasingly reckless. Caught up in a whirlwind of rum-soaked nights and moonlit Havana strolls, this good Muslim girl gets her very first taste of what it would be like to be bad, really bad. But will what happens in Cuba stay in Cuba? Or is Ali finally ready to break out of the good-girl mold and grow into the woman she was meant to be?
Having a quarter-life crisis? Think a soul-searching trip might help? What happens when you flee your problems, just to find that they’ve decided to tag along.
Born in Lebanon, Nadine Dajani lives in Montreal, where she wrote (and passed) her Management Accounting exams. She lived in Grand Cayman for five years, where she enjoyed island-hopping to nearby Cuba whenever the travel bug bit. Fashionably Late is her first novel.
“The most stylish accessory at the beach this summer is sure to be Nadine Dajani’s Fashionably Late. This sexy and smart debut will leave you laughing, cheering, and trying to book a trip to Cuba.” —Sarah Mlynowski, author of Me vs. Me“Fashionably Late is a wonderful story of East meets West. Aline navigates the waters between her overprotective family and their traditional values and what she really wants for herself in life. I read it in one sitting!” —Michelle Cunnah, author of 32AA“Fashionably Late is an entertaining, cross-cultural debut, filled with honesty, humor and heart.” —Wendy French, author of sMothering, and After the Rice“From the chic boutiques of Montreal to the sultry nightlife of Cuba, Fashionably Late sparkles with wit and humor. You will fall in love with Dajani’s engaging Lebanese-Canadian heroine.” —JoAnn Hornak, author of Adventures of a Salsa Goddess“Fashionably Late is a compelling read for women who find themselves at the crossroads. It’s a must-have for the most fashionable of book bags.” —Mary Castillo, author of Hot Tamara and In Between Men
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