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Trespassing by Uzma Aslam Khan
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Nov 08, 07

Recommended for: anybody!
Read in July, 2004

What a great book! Multiple strands of storyline, with parts set in the US, the UK, and the bulk of it in Pakistan. An unsolved murder, a budding love story, a sinister drifter who moves from Pakistan's fishing villages to the big city of Karachi. There is a lot going on here, with comments on th US war in Iraq (the fist one, in 1990) and local corruption too.

This is NOT another immigrant narrative, nor is it a sit-around-and-chitchat type of book. There's real teeth here, and while some people may be distracted by the political element, that's really a relatively small part of the drama. It's more than the human stories are played out against a backdrop of larger events, which is after all the way life is for most peple (at least, most people outside the USA).

The writing is lovely too, dreamy and poetic yet incisive and sharp when it needs to be. Highly recommended.
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