Suzanne Fisher Staples
Shabanu is the second daughter of a Pakistani family with no sons. As such, she’s been allowed some freedoms usually forbidden to Muslim girls. Yet, her parents soon grow concerned that her independence and disinterest in “women’s work” will lead to trouble. As tradition dictates, Shabanu’s father has arranged for her to marry in the coming year. Though this will mean an end to her liberty, Shabanu accepts it as her duty to her family. A tragic encounter with a wealthy and powerful landowner ruins the marriage plans of her older sister, and Shabanu is called upon to sacrifice everything she’s dreamed of. Should she do what her family’s honor requires – or should she listen to her heart?