Out on 09 May 2024

Lavash at First Sight

Taleen Voskuni

09 May 2024
368 pages


Sparks fly between two women pitted against each other in this delectable new romantic comedy by Taleen Voskuni, author of Sorry, Bro.

Twenty-seven year old Nazeli ‘Ellie’ Gregorian likes the prestige of her tech marketing job but hates the condescending Patagonia-clad tech bros, her micromanaging boss, and, now, her ex-boyfriend. Who dumped her. At work. When Ellie’s lovingly overbearing parents plead with her to attend PakCon – a food packaging conference in Chicago – to help promote their company, Hagop’s Fine Armenian Foods, and vie to win the conference’s Superstars award (landing them a free Superbowl ad, no big deal), she’s eager for a brief change and a delicious distraction.

Within minutes at the conference, she meets witty, devil-may-care Vanya Simonian, who is verbally sparring with a belligerent man who is keeping her from attending a VIP event. Ellie helps Vanya sneak in, and Vanya thanks Ellie over drinks. The sparks fly as they get to know each other – both Armenian! From the Bay Area! Whose families are into food! Their meet-cute is cut short when Ellie’s parents recognize Vanya as the daughter of their greatest rivals – the Green Falafel brand’s Simonian family whose mission (according to her mother) is to whiten and package Armenian food for the American health-food crowd.

Sworn as enemies, Ellie and Vanya must play to win the Superstars award by the week’s end while keeping their growing feelings from their parents’ suspicions, all while dodging the poison barbs their parents keep flinging at each other.

As I read [Sorry, Bro], I kept cackling out loud and I would often pause to describe to my husband what was happening – or try to, anyway – I sometimes couldn't because I would be laughing so hard. But underneath the humour is such an important story of love between two women and the journey to rediscovering Armenian culture and heritage
Vibrant and heartfelt queer rom-com
Sorry Bro explores bisexuality, culture and self-discovery through moments that will make you laugh out loud. This new writer brings a fresh take on self-identity, with a story that will capture both your heart and sense of humour