I love this story. The author invites her reader into an intimate and devastating history, and holds the reader right until the end.
In many ways, it is an emotionally riveting read. It is poignant and it captivates because it brims with humanity. Nawaz’s writing is vivid, scintillating, and alluring with mystery. It will keep you wanting to read the pages of this amazing book.
Beena and Sadhana are sisters who share a bond that could only have been shaped by the most unusual of childhoods and a shared tragedy.
The two girls were orphaned as teenagers and they grew up under the exasperated watch of their Sikh uncle who runs a bagel shop in Montreal’s Hasidic community of Mile end.
Together, they try to make sense of the rich, confusing brew of values, rituals and beliefs that form their inheritance.
When we first meet Beena, she is grappling with a fresh grief: Sadhana died suddenly and her body has been lying undiscovered for a week. Beena is left with a burden of guilt and an unsettled feeling about the circumstances of her sister’s death, which she sets about to uncover.
Her search stirs up memories and opens wounds, threatening to undo the safe, orderly existence she has painstakingly created for herself and her son.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth