The Writing on My Forehead

The Writing on My Forehead

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Rejecting her Indo-Pakistani family's traditional views in favor of a career as a journalist, Muslim-American Saira Qader finds her life thrown into turmoil five years later by a tragedy that reveals to Saira the culturally rich stories of her parents, aunt, and grandparents.


“A brainy, beautiful braid of stories about three generations of a Muslim family. This book…will go a long way toward deconstructing stereotypes about American Muslims, and that, on top of its value as a work of fiction, makes it a treasure.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune

A brilliant bestselling debut novel from author Nafisa Haji, The Writing on My Forehead describes one woman’s struggle with the Indo-Pakistani traditions of her family and her own independence. The San Francisco Chronicle calls Nafisa Haji a “talented new writer of sense and a distinct sensibility,” and Khaled Hosseini, beloved author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, calls The Writing on My Forehead “a moving meditation… lyrical and touching.”

Blackwell North Amer
From childhood, willful, intelligent Saira Qader broke the boundaries between her family's traditions and her desire for independence. A free-spirited and rebellious Muslim-American of Indo-Pakistani descent, she rejected the constricting notions of family, duty, obligation, and fate, choosing instead to become a journalist, the world her home.
Five years later, tragedy strikes, throwing Saira's life into turmoil. Now the woman who chased the world to uncover the details of other lives must confront the truths of her own. In need of understanding, she looks to the stories of those who came before - her grandparents, a beloved aunt, her mother and father. As Saira discovers the hope, pain, joy, and passion that defined their lives, she begins to face what she never wanted to admit - that choice is not always our own, and that faith is not just an intellectual preference.

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Saira Qader, who rejected her Indo-Pakistani family's traditional views and chose a career as a journalist, finds her life thrown into turmoil five years later by a tragedy that reveals to her the culturally rich stories of her family.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061493850
Branch Call Number: Fiction Haj
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 23 cm


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Oct 02, 2016

What a wonderful insight into the world of a subcontinent immigrant family before and after 9/11! The interplay of cultures, generations, family secrets and gossip, and choices runs thru Saira's story. Weighing a career against tradition and family loyalty is quite a dilemma. So many subjects are touched upon in this story...India's independence, Pakistan's birth, wealth vs. poverty, journalism and more. I never guessed the biggest secret of all that changes everything.

Oct 17, 2011

such a beautiful piece of art. i couldn't put it down and it's left an indelible mark on me. it resounds with me as someone that immigrated to the west. it's a story about loyalty, family, responsibility and all the ways that we become who we are.


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