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This is an interesting cultural study in the vein of The Kite Runner.

Saura Qader is a California girl of Indo-Pakistani descent, and is finding it hard to come of age amidst the traditions of her conservative family.

When tragedy strikes and Saura has to face what it means to be part of a family, the novel’s true strengths shows.

An interesting look at a very foreign culture as well as a satisfying storyline.

— Jill

March 2009 Indie Next List

“You must take some time and fall in love with the characters of Nafisa Haji's debut novel about Saira Qader, a rebellious journalist and a Muslim-American of Indo-Pakistani descent, and her family members, each with their own hopes and dreams. This is a rich novel, full of joys and sorrows, laughter and tears, rebellion and tenderness.”
— Sina Herkelrath, Kepler's Books & Magazine, Menlo Park, CA


A free-spirited and rebellious Muslim-American of Indo-Pakistani descent, willful, intelligent Saira Qader rejected the constricting notions of family, duty, obligation, and fate, choosing instead to become a journalist, making the world her home. But when tragedy strikes, throwing Saira's life into turmoil, the woman who circled the globe to uncover the details of other lives must confront the truths of her own. In need of understanding, she looks to the stories of those who came before--her grandparents, a beloved aunt, her mother and father. As Saira discovers the hope, pain, joy, and passion that defined their lives, she begins to face what she never wanted to admit: that choice is not always our own, and that faith is not merely an intellectual preference.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780091931001
Publisher: Hutchinson Radius
Publication Date: April 1st, 2009