Fatima Farheem Mirza produces wonderful imagery and nuances of those particular everyday moments in our lives that have a way of defining our futures. Her use of language and character study is captivating. She has offered us a fabulous inside study of a current Muslim family living and growing in California. Shes offered so many aspects about the inner workings of an everyday family and their lives, beliefs, and customs that shape them in a compelling story that unfolds from various points of view of the family members. She opens the window to life within a family and community, belonging and fitting in, the roles we play within our families. Mirza has a beautiful way with images and language capturing those everyday moments that mark our lives and those we love. A great read from a young writer I look forward to reading for years to come.
Simply Amazing. Beautiful and heartbreaking .... a story that stays with you.
This is a powerful book about a family of five. It is skillfully and lovingly crafted so that we come to understand each character’s view of their own individual and their shared lives. We learn of their mistakes, misunderstandings, and love for one another. This is about a Muslim family facing a modern world but it could be about any family with strict cultural and religious influences. In fact, the roles of father and son should be examined by any parent struggling to relate to a powerful child. My only criticism is that some of it could have been a bit shorter.
I wish I could describe my children in this way.
I loved this book from start to finish. The characters were very relatable and I felt privileged to be invited into a different culture with such precision and honesty. I was amazed when I read the biography and that the author is 27 years old. I have to conclude she is an old soul with a whole lot of wisdom. Bravo!
It is hard to put into mere words the depth of compassion and love I feel for the characters in this beautifully composed novel. The long paragraphs swept me away and deepened my understanding of family, the Muslim faith and God’s universal redemption of our person failures. Bravo!
Loved this book. Was tearful in a good way.