Lucy Ferriss has been writing fiction, poetry, and literary criticism for many years. In addition to six previous novelsincluding The Lost Daughterand a collection of short fiction, she has also published a work of literary criticism and dozens of short stories, poems, articles, essays, and book reviews. She currently teaches at Trinity College and lives in Connecticut and the Massachusetts Berkshires.
Afia Satar is studious, modest, and devout. The young daughter of a landholding family in northern Pakistan, Afia has enrolled in an American college with the dream of returning to her country as a doctor. But when a photo surfaces online of Afia holding hands with an American boy, she is suddenly no longer safeeven from the family that cherishes her.
Rising sports star Shahid Satar has been entrusted by his family to watch over Afia in this strange New England landscape. He has sworn to protect his beloved sister from the dangerous customs of America, from its loose morals and easy virtue. Shahid was the one who convinced their parents to allow her to come to the United States. He never imagined he’d be ordered to cleanse the stain of her shame...
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"Vivid, compelling...Afia and her brother Shahid live between two worlds—their traditional family in rural Pakistan, and New England's liberal college culture...Lucy Ferris's nuanced insight enables us to see this story from all sides—a rare achievement."—Claire Messud, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman Upstairs and The Emperor's Children
“A collision of cultures between star-crossed lovers redefines the meaning of honor in this modern-day literary thriller. Once again, Lucy Ferriss has delivered a bold and engaging novel, one you¹ll find impossible to put down.”—A. Manette Ansay, author of Vinegar Hill and Good Things I Wish You
“A wrenching story of Pakistani siblings struggling to adapt their expectations of love and trust to an entirely different American context where a Facebook post can lead to betrayal and the destruction of an entire family a world away. The story is told with compassion and insight into the traditions of both societies. I couldn't put it down.”—Jenny White, author of The Sultan’s Seal
Praise for Lucy Ferriss
“One of the best writers around.”—Oscar Hijuelos
“A courageous and thought-provoking writer.”—New York Times bestselling author Tom Perrotta
“A masterful storyteller.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Wally Lamb
“Ferriss precisely traces the evolution of feeling.”—The New York Times Book Review