Salt and Saffron

Salt and Saffron

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A beautiful novel detailing the life and loves of a Pakistani girl living in the U.S.

Aliya may not have inherited her family's patrician looks, but she is as much a prey to the legends of her family that stretch back to the days of Timur Lang. Aristocratic and eccentric-the clan has plenty of stories to tell, and secrets to hide.
Like salt and saffron, which both flavor food but in slightly different ways, it is the small, subtle differences that cause the most trouble in Aliya's family. The family problems and scandals caused by these minute differences echo the history of the sub-continent and the story of Partition.

A superb storyteller, Kamila Shamsie writes with warmth and gusto. Through the many anecdotes about Pakistani family life, she hints at the larger tale of a divided nation. Spanning the subcontinent from the Muslim invasions to the Partition, this is a magical novel about the shapes stories can take- turning into myths, appearing in history books and entering into our lives.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2000.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781582340937
Branch Call Number: Fic
PR9499.3.S45 S53 2000
Characteristics: 244 p. geneal. table 22 cm.


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May 31, 2015

An early Shamsie book before she hit her stride and still looking inward to family history and stories.

Nov 28, 2013

An interesting look at class and prejudice from the perspective of an extended Pakistani "royal" family.

Jul 30, 2008

Wonderful story telling! Easy and kept my attention as it weaves through the story. The cover is as bright as the images in the words.


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