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How far would you run to escape your life?
Anita lives in Karachi's biggest slum. Her mother is a maalish wali, paid to massage the tired bones of rich women. But Anita's life will change forever when she meets her elderly neighbour, a man whose shelves of books promise an escape to a different world.
On the other side of Karachi lives Monty, whose father owns half the city and expects great things of him. But when a beautiful and rebellious girl joins his school, Monty will find his life going in a very different direction.
Sunny's father left India and went to England to give his son the opportunities he never had. Yet Sunny doesn't fit in anywhere. It's only when his charismatic cousin comes back into his life that he realises his life could hold more possibilities than he ever imagined.
These three lives will cross in the desert, a place where life and death walk hand-in-hand, and where their closely guarded secrets will force them to make a terrible choice.
About the Author
Fatima Bhutto is an Afghan born Pakistani poetess and writer. She studied at Columbia University, and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She currently writes columns for The Daily Beast, New Statesman and other publications.
"A powerful and moving book. It is a book that anyone rushing to condemn young people for being radicalised should read."
Anne Youngson, author of Meet Me at the Museum
ISBN: 9780241347003 ISBN-10: 0241347009 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 432 Published: 19th March 2019 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1