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by Uzma Aslam Khan

Harper Collins.
Review by Pamela Seth
16 February 2009Pamela Seth is a geologist and freelance journalist who has lived in Pakistan and India

Book Description: Back in Karachi for his father's funeral, Daanish, a Pakistani student changed by his years at an American university, is entranced by the gazelle-eyed girl in the traditional dupatta who appears one day at the house of mourning. But the dupatta is deceptive: Dia is the modern daughter of a mother who, as the owner of a silk farm and factory, has achieved a degree of freedom rare among Pakistani women. It will take a handful of silkworms, fattened on mulberry leaves, to bring Daanish and Dia together. But their union will forever rupture the peace of two households and three families, destroying a stable present built on the repression of a bloody past.

Review in the New Statesman
Review in the Daily Star
Review in UCLA's Asia Arts
A silken cocoon. Asian Review of Books.
Search for miracles. The Hindu.

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