‘Perched on the edge of a car seat, Rani and Laila hurtled towards a love story …’
Western Pakistan, the winter of 1971, and nine-year-old Laila has a secret. Ignored by the adults around her yet desperate to know their world, Laila takes comfort in being the confidant of teenager Rani – privy to details of the older girl’s forbidden love affair. But when that affair bears unwelcome fruit, a floundering Rani leans on Laila for solace and support. Yet Laila – still a child – neither comprehends the danger nor is able to help; and thus unwittingly leads Rani towards catastrophe …
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`Mohsin uses words like a palette to paint a vivid picture of
the country she grew up in...this is a beautifully written work which
promises to be a real success.' Big Issue
`An enjoyable polyphony of characters ... an assured, emotionally engaging
novel' Literary Review
`Eager, warm-hearted and bright ... moving and compulsively readable' Irish
`Accomplished and moving ... deals not only with the aftermath of a
dangerous love, but with its effects on an entire community' Independent
`Mohsin cleverly dissects the complex anatomy of this gossipy, tightknit
Moni Mohsin was born and raised in Pakistan. She lives in London with her husband and two children
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0141025816