The Beauty of the Moment


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Releasing: February 26, 2019

Susan is the new girl—she’s sharp and driven, and strives to meet her parents’ expectations of excellence.  Malcolm is the bad boy—he started raising hell at age fifteen, after his mom died of cancer, and has had a reputation ever since.

Susan’s parents are on the verge of divorce. Malcolm’s dad is a known adulterer.

Susan hasn’t told anyone, but she wants to be an artist. Malcolm doesn’t know what he wants—until he meets her.

Love is messy and families are messier, but in spite of their burdens, Susan and Malcolm fall for each other. The ways they drift apart and come back together are testaments to family, culture, and being true to who you are.

Junior Library Guild Selection



“Bhathena has crafted a masterfully complex story filled with flawed characters and a titanium-strength love story. In The Beauty of the Moment, readers will fall in love, experience the heartbreak, and chase burgeoning hope to the end. A brilliant follow up to A Girl Like That.”  Nisha Sharma, author of My So-Called Bollywood Life

“A brave big-hearted book, Tanaz Bhathena’s sophomore stunner is a complex, nuanced, and gracefully layered tale of love and longing, duty and desire, friends and family, fighting for what you believe in— and finding home (sometimes by doing so).” — Tanuja Desai Hidier, author of Born Confused and Bombay Blues


 Exclusive cover reveal: The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena, USA Today


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India: Penguin Random House India