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Goodbye Freddie Mercury
Goodbye Freddie Mercury

Goodbye Freddie Mercury



320 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: August 2021

ISBN 9780143448662

Rights: US, CA, UK, EUR, AU & NZ

Penguin Books India (Aug 2021)
India Penguin

Price: $14.95


Lahore is burning. General elections are right around the corner. The summer city rages with the drug-fuelled parties of the oblivious, the rich and famous, while campaign posters and rally cries dominate the airwaves.

Bugsy, rock RJ and host of the nation's top English radio show, is young and fabulous. Seeking more than wealth, fame, and prestige, he performs a dangerous favor for an old friend that plunges him into the dark recesses of desi politics. Nida, a young student desperate to escape the oppressive atmosphere of her traditional family home and her conservative college, and still mourning the death of her brother, throws herself recklessly into the drug-addled arms of Omer Ali, son of the prime minister's right-hand man. As Nida spirals into decadence and Bugsy descends into darkness, their paths cross and sparks begin to fly.

Nadia Akbar's audacious debut has all the makings of a cult novel-parties, drugs, mysteries, love triangles, political intrigue, and power struggles—but its lush, sexy writing has the assuredness and precision of the most acute style of our time. Told in alternating voices and brimming with sharp observation, Goodbye Freddie Mercury hits the rocks and trails a twist.


"The politics is relevant, the society is relevant, the corruption is relevant, the frustration is relevant. Akbar’s biggest achievement in the novel is perhaps her language — a seductive mixture of English with desi vernacular — which gives a refreshing immediacy to the experience of reading the novel. Akbar doesn’t bank on the modesty of the English language; rather, she blows it apart to create a pertinent and urgent young voice." —The Hindu

Author Biography

Nadia Akbar is a Pakistani-American novelist. She was born and raised in Lahore. She holds degrees from Cornell University and the graduate creative-writing program at the University of Arizona.