"Moirae is definitely unique and originial. It's like reading Finnegan's Wake." - Joan Eyles Johnson winner of Earnest Hemingway Prize for short fiction, 2016
"Moirae is a dense book packed with literary allusion, existential crises, and personal and public tragedies, told through a unique blend of narrative and stream-of-consciousness styles, tinged with moments of magic realism. "- Joe Ferguson - Futurism. Media: reviewer for The American Book Review and Kirkus
"Endearing journey. Stunning. A unique voyage into the soul of the characters. Brilliantly written." ~Amy's Bookshelf Reviews
"All of this perfectly depicts the confusion, fears, and chaotic lives of the characters."- Author Brena Mercer, award winning essayist
"Sometimes lyrical and lush, sometimes dissonant and disturbing, it reads like a modern symphony. Multiple points of view and lapses into stream-of-consciousness give it the urgent, spiraling effect of a James Joyce or Jack Kerouac novel." Robin Gregory, winner of Eric Hoffer, da Vinci Eye, & First Horizon, Gold, 2017
"Mehreen Ahmed writes in a stream of consciousness style that passes through events, making the reader aware of horrible situations people face. Written well with sharp imagery, there's betrayal by a husband who profits with human trafficking, poverty, and danger" - Kathleen Rowland.
"This book lets you ponder. People may announce it as an intellectual read. However, in the last of everything, the book is a pleasure and treasure as well. Kudos to the writer for a successful implementation of the stream of consciousness technique." - Alok Mishra, Ashvamegh
"Moirae is Ahmed's artistic response to the harsh realities of the world." - Dr. Soheil Ahmed, Wordsworth Scholar, University of Queensland
"Looking for that very different type of read, one that pulls you directly into the hearts and minds of its characters? Moirae by Mehreen Ahmed is nothing like anything I have ever read before". - Dii top 500 reviewer.
"This is a nebulous yet - paradoxically perhaps - razor sharp text that speaks to the reader on a number of intellectual levels. Ahmed somehow manages to blend stream of consciousness type prose with a sure knack for story telling, and the results are no less than delightful ".- Dr. Tony McMahon RMIT University School of Media and communication studies.
"I was also intrigued to find that her disgraced husband was found profiteering from illegal transportation of people fleeing from persecution, shades of our current problems in the Mediterranean. Ms Ahmed now had my undivided attention as I sailed through a most enjoyable read ".- Emeritus Professor, Dr. Paul B McNulty University College Dublin.
"Mehreen is clearly a deep thinker and Moirae is an ambitious book". - Jamespitter.com.reviews.
"Moirae's style and subject matter ensure that it is not an easy read, but it is a rewarding one. Find your way through the rich world that Mehreen has created, and you'll be glad to have given the book a shot."- Indie Book Review.
"Stream of consciousness mingled with certain elements of magic realism makes Moirae an outstanding piece of literary fiction .. I would call Moirae one of the finest examples of modern day literature."- Saradia Chatterjee - The Page Hungry Book Worm
"The bold imagery and vivid details combine to create a passionate story that easily captivates." - BeachBoundBooks.
"The mesmerising stream-of-consciousness writing illustrates their confusion and desperation, though there is a glimmer of hope and help for some. A challenging and important book." - Dr. Pauline James, retired professor and principal fellow, University of Melbourne.
"A deep and literary find." - Bookish Me
From the Author
As an English teacher, I found some of it disturbing with spelling errors and switching back and forth with punctuation and long passages that seem unconnected, or maybe a short story in a longer story. In other words, it confusing and difficult as an English teacher to read.
Now as a writer, I am impressed by the literary references, the beautiful and often lush descriptive metaphors and strong storytelling talent that continues throughout the book. I see the stream-of-consciousness and juxtaposition of styles as following Ezra Pound's "Make it new."
As a teacher of creative writing, I would tighten up many spots that I see to jar the reader or even yank the reader violently from one narrative to another.
Over all, Moirae is a beautiful example of an earnest attempt at a new kind of writing, and that is commendable, however, I wish I could talk with you as you completed each chapter, which by the way is beautifully divided and managed. I like the Faulknerian switch in point of view from first chapter to the second. I would have asked you delineate the characters in such a way that their family relationships were made even more clear. The thing I most liked was the strangeness of the setting, the fact that I was never sure of what and where and if in your novel. I like that very much. I like your voice, Mehreen.