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The Writing on My Forehead

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The Writing on My Forehead

From childhood, willful, intelligent Saira Qader broke the boundaries between her family's traditions and her desire for independence. A free-spirited and rebellious Muslim-American of Indo-Pakistani descent, she rejected the constricting notions of family, duty, obligation, and fate, choosing instead to become a journalist, the world her home. Five years later, tragedy strikes, throwing Saira's life into turmoil. Now the woman who chased the world to uncover the details of other lives must confront the truths of her own. Throughout the novel, characters wrestle with the tension between personal freedom and social duties and obligations. Discuss the very different ways that this tension plays out in the lives of Big Nanima, Saira's two grandfathers, Mohsin, and for Saira herself as she grows up. What about for others?

The Writing on My Forehead
by Nafisa Haji

  • Publication Date: March 2, 2010
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • ISBN-10: 0061493864
  • ISBN-13: 9780061493867