About Sheba Karim - Sheba Karim
Sheba Karim’s second young adult novel, That Thing We Call a Heart, is forthcoming from Harper Collins in May 2017. Her first young adult novel was Skunk Girl (Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR 2009). She is the editor of the anthology Alchemy: The Tranquebar Book of Erotic Short Stories 2 (Tranquebar Press, India, 2012).
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My third young adult novel, Mariam Sharma Hits the Road, follows the misadventures of three best friends as they embark upon a road trip through the American South.  It’s the first South Asian American YA road trip book, was named an NPR Best Book of 2018 and received a Starred Review from School Library Journal, who called it “riotously funny” and the perfect blend of “barbed humor and poignant reflection.”

My second young adult novel, That Thing We Call a Heart, came out in 2017 and was named a Best Contemporary Teen Read of 2017 and a Best Teen Book of 2017 with a Touch of Humor by Kirkus Reviews, an Amelia Bloomer Best Feminist Book for Young Readers by the American Library Association and a Bank Street Best Book of the Year.  It features complex, Muslim-American characters who defy conventional stereotypes and is set against a backdrop of Radiohead’s music and the evocative metaphors of Urdu poetry.  My first young adult novel was 2009’s Skunk Girl, about a Pakistani-American teen coming of age in upstate New York.

I edited the anthology Alchemy: The Tranquebar Book of Erotic Short Stories 2 (Tranquebar Press, 2012). My work has been featured in 580 Split, Asia Literary Review, Barn Owl Review, Femina, India Today, Literary Hub, Off Assignment, Shenandoah, South Asian Review, The Rumpus, Time Out Delhi and in several anthologies in the United States and India.

I’m currently working on my next young adult novel, set in New Delhi, as well as a historical fiction novel about a 13th century Muslim queen. I have an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and have done residencies at Hedgebrook, Ledig House, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and The Millay Colony for the Arts. I am represented by Ayesha Pande Literary.

I was raised in the lovely land of Rip Van Winkle, went to college in Philly, spent a long time living in New York City, a shorter time living in New Delhi and am now based in Nashville, TN.

Photo by Christine Rogers