Zaki Shirazi has arrived back in Lahore, Pakistan, to celebrate the wedding of his childhood friend and elder cousin Samar Api to her long sought-after 'Amitabh' - a stand-in for the Bollywood star she always dreamed of marrying. Amidst the flurry of preparations in the house in which he grew up, Zaki can't help but revisit the past - his childhood as a fatherless boy growing up in a household of outspoken women and his and Samar's intertwined journeys from youth to adulthood. Raised to consider themselves 'part of the same litter', Zaki and Samar watched American television together, memorized dialogues from Bollywood movies and attended dangerous protests with Zaki's campaigning, political journalist mother. But as Zaki becomes drawn into Samar's secret life of romantic schemes and lends her his support in trying to orchestrate the future, they both find themselves suffering the consequences.
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Ali Sethi was born in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1984 and grew up there. In 2002 he left to attend college in the United States and graduated in 2006. He has since written reviews and articles for several publications, local and international, and has co-produced and narrated a documentary on student politics in Pakistan. He lived in New York City for a year and now lives in Lahore, where he is making music.Review:
a"The Wish Maker," in Ali Sethias mature and sure-handed prose, is an engaging family saga, an absorbing coming-of-age story, and an illuminating look at one of the worldas most turbulent regions. Ali Sethi steadfastly resists the usual clichA(c)s about both Islam and his native country. Instead, he offers a nuanced, often humorous, and always novel look at life in modern day Pakistan.a a Khaled Hosseini, author of "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns"
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Book Description Riverhead, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0141037105