A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Narratives on religion and the implications of shifting blame have been written time and time again. But what is extraordinary about Tahereh Mafi’s brainchild is the brandishing of a character, a 16 year old American girl of Iranian descent, whose integrity is questioned simply because she happened to exist in a time rife with terrorismContinue reading “A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi”

Book Review — Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Inspired by Sophocles’ Antigone, Home Fire shows us the plight of a family embroiled in modern day politics and Islamophobia. Isma Pasha has been a second mother to her siblings after the demise of their parents. But her decision to move to America marks the beginning of the disintegration of their family. The twins, AneekaContinue reading “Book Review — Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie”

Book Review — Jasmine Days by Benyamin

Jasmine Days tells the story of Sameera as she gets accustomed to living in a Middle Eastern city with her father and relatives. This shift away from home and her new job as an RJ brings her closer to assimilating with people of different backgrounds. Her friendships take on new definition when the city getsContinue reading “Book Review — Jasmine Days by Benyamin”

Book Review — Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

Just when Michael thought that they were done with the whole packing up and leaving, his parents announce otherwise. Now, he has to attend St. Clare’s Catholic School, which isn’t exactly the best place to be for an atheist like him. His presumptions of everyone being uptight and religious are flung out the window, whenContinue reading “Book Review — Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry”

Book Review — Dreamers by Snigdha Poonam

Snigdha Poonam’sĀ DreamersĀ brings to light the struggles and aspirations of the Indian youth. In a society that is brimming with job seekers, the paucity of employment propels these young Indians into doing whatever it takes to make ends meet. Filled with political stances and the desire to break through the gateway of modernism, this book bringsContinue reading “Book Review — Dreamers by Snigdha Poonam”