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The Writing on My Forehead by Nafisa Haji
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Jul 25, 09

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This is excellent writing in what I believe is the first novel by this author. This is a story of a family that spans the globe, from the U.S. to England to India and Pakistan. At the center of the story is Saira Qadar and her immigrant parents and older sister. The mom is a traditional Muslim, though not in the strictest conservative sense, but raises her girls with a close rein. Ameena, the older sister, is the ideal daughter, but Saira is much more independent and curious about the world. As Saira becomes an adult she crosses the globe exploring stories as a journalist; she also frequently visits family in Karachi and London.
The tragedies and joys of this extended family are so finely articulated that this book was hard to put down. The story encompasses both the personal and the much broader implications of world events.
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