• The Return of Faraz Ali

The Return of Faraz Ali

Aamina Ahmad

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'A gripping read - everything beautifully evoked, from the alleys of the Old City to the atmosphere of corruption and secrets.' Kamila Shamsie A spellbinding...

'A gripping read - everything beautifully evoked, from the alleys of the Old City to the atmosphere of corruption and secrets.' Kamila Shamsie A spellbinding debut set in Pakistan during the political upheavals of the late '60s - a propulsive tale of family, secrets and survival in a caste-ridden, patriarchal society. For the first time since childhood, Faraz Ali returns to Lahore's ancient walled city and its red-light district - the home he was plucked from by his father to give him the chance of a respectable life. Now a police officer, he's been tasked with covering up the murder of a child prostitute: a crime in which his father, a powerful political figure, may well be implicated. But for the first time in his career, Faraz disobeys orders. Appalled by the crime and seized by the idea he might find the mother and sister he last saw as a small boy, he cannot stop chasing down the city's labyrinthine alleys and asking questions that risk shattering his precariously constructed existence. He is unaware that his sister Rozina has also been drawn back to the old city, who escaped her life as a courtesan when young but whose situation has turned equally precarious. As riveting as it is thought-provoking, as profoundly intimate as it is wide in scope, The Return of Faraz Ali poses a timeless question: whom do we choose to protect, and at what price?

Format : Paperback / softback
Subcategory :Modern & Contemporary Fiction