Part metaphor, part love story, Mohsin Hamid’s tale of two young lovers taking a chance on a better life, survival, really, is touching and sad and beautiful all at once.
Nadia and Saeed first meet in a college classroom, engaged in bettering the somewhat unremarkable circumstances they find themselves in. Nadia, estranged from family and living on her own in an unnamed Middle Eastern city teeming with civil and military unrest, struggles hard to hold on to an independent way of life. Saeed, a young man still living with his mother and father, finds himself smitten with Nadia and pursues until she relents. The bond that carries them through to the end of the story is formed, and readers are then taken on a journey both physical and emotional.
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