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Beneath a Shooting Star Paperback – September 13, 2016
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In 1971, as a civil war rages in Pakistan, two girls are born in the city of Lahore; Nadira to a Sunni family, and Hameeda to a Shia family.
At age six, an outspoken, lively Nadira and her beautiful, shy classmate, Hameeda, are drawn to each other, and they become the closest of friends. In the beginning, their religious differences mean very little. But as the years pass and their society fragments, their lives and their relationship are torn apart by a horrific, sectarian tragedy. Separated, they must experience their sorrows, hardships and joys without the support and companionship they once provided each other.
Years later when fate brings them back together again, they have to choose whether they will let the past keep them apart, or reclaim their dreams and the friendship they once cherished.
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2017 Connecticut Book Awards Finalist 2017 Indie Excellence Book Awards Finalist2017 Writers Digest Self-Published Book Awards Honorable Mention2017 North Street Book Prize Finalist
- Publisher : Mill City Press, Inc (September 13, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 500 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1635052181
- ISBN-13 : 978-1635052183
- Item Weight : 1.19 pounds
- Dimensions : 5 x 1.11 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,708,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I appreciated how she brought out the different values the society holds concerning religion and adults in the family, and the conflict between respect and core values that one lives with. She did this in a very classy manner, without inflicting any ones beliefs and yet showing emancipation of women in the society.
Excallent job Susan. A must read for all ages in Pakistan and overseas in every sense of the word.
As with any story that is set in another country and/or another time period, this one required a lot of research on the author's part. I was highly impressed with the work that she put into this story, taking the reader on a journey that allows them to understand different religions and cultures. Often, when reading books like this, I find myself relying on google for help to understand what I'm reading. For the most part, though, that wasn't necessary for me with this one. I felt completely comfortable immersing myself in the story and experiencing details through the eyes of the characters.
This was a beautifully moving and educational story, and I absolutely loved it. It's one of those that teaches the reader about humanity, about others, and also a bit about themselves in the process. I'll most definitely be reading this one again.