Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know

Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know

Told in alternating narratives that bridge centuries, the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Samira Ahmed traces the lives of two young women fighting to write their own stories and escape the pressure of familial burdens and cultural expectations in worlds too long defined by men.

It’s August in Paris and 17-year-old Khayyam Maquet—American, French, Indian, Muslim—is at a crossroads. This holiday with her professor parents should be a dream trip for the budding art historian. But her maybe-ex-boyfriend is probably ghosting her, she might have just blown her chance at getting into her dream college, and now all she really wants is to be back home in Chicago figuring out her messy life instead of brooding in the City of Light.

Two hundred years before Khayyam’s summer of discontent, Leila is struggling to survive and keep her true love hidden from the Pasha who has “gifted” her with favored status in his harem. In the present day—and with the company of a descendant of Alexandre Dumas—Khayyam begins to connect allusions to an enigmatic 19th-century Muslim woman whose path may have intersected with Alexandre Dumas, Eugène Delacroix, and Lord Byron.

Echoing across centuries, Leila and Khayyam’s lives intertwine, and as one woman’s long-forgotten life is uncovered, another’s is transformed.

Title:Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781616959890
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    Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know Reviews

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    OMG! Isn’t it enchanting idea to read a book about two powerful women from different time lines who want to raise their voices and tell their stories! One of them is in Paris, searching for the deep...

  • jv poore

    Khayyam’s life is finished and she’s only seventeen. Ok, that may be a bit over-the-top, but she truly is beyond bummed to have completely blown her chance to achieve her life-long dream. Admitted...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    Two teens unravel the mystery of a Muslim woman mentioned in letters from Alexandar Dumas. Yes....

  • Enne (they/them)

    i, too, would like to escape to France for the summer and uncover hidden histories with a pretty Parisian boy...

  • Nenia ?? Queen of Villainy ?? Campbell

    As a fan of Byronic heroes, the title is Relevant to My Interests™...

  • Dany

    OH MY GOODNESSMy heart was soaring through the book with the amazing plot and fun mystery. Khayyam is in Paris for her Summer vacation where she is ridiculed for her art essay for a Young scholar priz...

  • Sahitya

    Despite following the author for a long time on Twitter, I have actually never read her books before. Internment has been on my tbr for a long time but it intimidates the hell out of me and I’m just...

  • Lulu (the library leopard)

    ok i'm gonna admit some slight confusion that this isn't related to lord byron but this also sounds AWESOME...

  • Saajid Hosein

    *Requested and ARC in exchange for honest review.3.5 for now. Will write a review soon....

  • Vee_Bookish // stan shea coule

    the UK cover looks like a historical inspired fantasy and the US cover looks like a modern contemporary with cute coffee dates, wild...