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Broken verses

Shamsie, Kamila, 1973-

Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2005.

338 p. ; 20 cm.

Fourteen years ago, famous Pakistani activist Samina Akram disappeared. Two years earlier, her lover, Pakistan's greatest poet, was beaten to death by government thugs. In present-day Karachi, her daughter Aasmaani has just discovered a letter in the couple's private code--a letter that could only have been written recently.

Aasmaani is thirty, single, drifting from job to job. Always left behind whenever Samina followed the Poet into exile, she had assumed that her mother's disappearance was simply another abandonment. Then, while working at Pakistan's first independent TV station, Aasmaani runs into an old friend of Samina's who gives her the first letter, then many more. Where could the letters have come from? And will they lead her to her mother?

Merging the personal with the political, Broken Verses is at once a sharp, thrilling journey through modern-day Pakistan, a carefully coded mystery, and an intimate mother-daughter story that asks how we forgive a mother who leaves.


Fiction  - JH & HSFiction - JH & HS

1 copy available at Paideia School



LC Call No:

PR9540.9.S485 B76 2005

Dewey Class No:

823/.914 22


Shamsie, Kamila, 1973-


Broken verses / Kamila Shamsie.


1st U.S. ed.


Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2005.


338 p. ; 20 cm.


"A Harvest original."


Women political activists--Fiction.


Mothers and daughters--Fiction.


Missing persons--Fiction.


Letter writing--Fiction.


Young women--Fiction.


Contributor biographical information


Publisher description

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