Saira and Ameena are two sisters being raised in a Pakistani household in Los Angeles. It is on one such visit to Pakistan, that Saira discovers the complexity of her family history. Family secrets divulged to her on how her grandfathers chose to break with tradition and follow their hearts in the way they led their lives. This theme follows through the novel, where we find characters wrestling between duty to one’s family and culture, and the satisfaction of ones’ own desires.
If you enjoyed reading Namesake and the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding you will certainly enjoy this book, though it has more serious undertones. The issues are ones we can all identity with because of their universal appeal.