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"Playful, cynical, and one of the best “Man Who Knew Too Much”-style spy thrillers I’ve ever read."
"HOPE YOU ARE SATISFIED revisits an extraordinarily tense period from the recent past…It’s a wise & irreverent book that highlights the challenges facing so-called guest workers in cities marketed as glitzy adult playgrounds.”
"Malik’s novel tautly occupies the in between. Dubai itself pulls many of the strings, with a dark glamour...A suspenseful story stowed in the moment before a major historical event.
A compelling novel which combines an espionage thriller, adventure story, and workplace satire, featuring a heroine you can't help but root for as she goes for the opportunity of a lifetime. A sharp and original read.
- Kathy Wang, Author of FAMILY TRUST and IMPOSTER SYNDROME
"HOPE YOU ARE SATISFIED embodies all the best elements of a literary thriller! Set in the '90s as the world teeters on the precipice of Desert Storm, Malik brings her cast of characters -- a motley crew of international expats toiling away in the tourism industry in Dubai -- skillfully to life, then introduces a smart mousetrap of a plot that keeps the pages turning at breakneck pace. A truly absorbing read!
- Suzanne Rindell, Author of THE OTHER TYPIST, THREE-MARTINI LUNCH, EAGLE & CRANE, THE TWO MRS. CARLYLES
Tania Malik’s novel HOPE YOU ARE SATISFIED is packed with international intrigue, spies, and double-dealers on the make in Dubai on the cusp of the first Iraq war. But it’s more than a page-turning thriller. It’s also a coming of age story, as its winning protagonist Riya navigates that poignantly fleeting time in early adulthood when roots are tenuous, friendships are intense and fragile, parental expectations feel crushing, and everything you want seems both tantalizingly possible and forever out of reach. I love a thriller whose stakes are rooted in characters and their relationships as much as in the sweep of history, so I couldn’t put this book down.
- Heather Young, Author of THE LOST GIRLS and THE DISTANT DEAD
Hope You Are Satisfied introduces the irresistible Riya, a migrant worker scheming and partying in 90s Dubai, a city as seedy as it is glamorous--until the threat of war reveals just how trapped she is by her family's demands and the oppressive regime. Full of hedonism and intrigue, this fast-paced novel is a historical snapshot that proves to be chillingly relevant.
- Stephanie Feldman, Author of THE ANGEL OF LOSSES and SATURNALIA
Exuberant, thrilling, and compassionate to the last page, Malik’s sun-soaked novel is a testament to the power of friendships forged far from home.
- Leigh N. Gallagher, Author of WHO YOU MIGHT BE
A beautifully written, suspenseful story filled with wonder that blossoms despite the looming threat of war. I loved it.
- Gabrielle Korn, Author of EVERYBODY (ELSE) IS PERFECT and YOURS FOR THE TAKING
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May 2, 2023
BOOK PASSAGE, Corte Madera, CA
In conversation with Anita Gail Jones
May 4, 2023
ZIBBY'S BOOKSHOP, Santa Monica, CA
In conversation with Gabrielle Korn
May 8, 2023
Brooklyn, New York
May 12, 2023
East City Books, Washington, DC
In conversation with Tania James
May 16, 2023
Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
In conversation with Jeannee Sacken
May 23, 2023
Volumes, Chicago, IL
With Nash Jenkins
June 1, 2023
A Great Good Place for Books, Oakland, CA
In conversation with Ann Harleman