This Just In… Stage Daughter by Sheryl Sorrentino

Sonya Schoenberg dreamed of someday becoming a famous actress, but instead, a hapless, one-time tryst with a Muslim man lands her the lifetime role of single mother.

Alone and forsaken by her family, Sonya tries to keep her dream alive through her “stage daughter,” Razia, now a precocious pre-teen enrolled in a competitive performing arts school. But Raz prefers drawing to drama and has no problem defying her mom to get what she wants — be it piercing her own ears, doing a dumb dare, or hunting down her biological father, Aziz.

While Sonya struggles to keep a tenuous hold over rebellious Raz, she stubbornly sets her sights on transforming her mom’s “sperm donor” into a doting dad. Meanwhile, Aziz follows a script all his own trying to convert his newfound daughter to Islam.

Can this mismatched threesome improvise a successful “second run” despite deep-rooted animosities and seemingly insurmountable barriers? Or will bitterness and bigotry forever steal center stage? A daughter’s determination, a mother’s mistrust, and a father’s faith collide in this witty and powerful story of healing, forgiveness, and family.

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