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Radiant fugitives by Nawaaz Ahmed
Working as a consultant for Kamala Harris’ Attorney General’s campaign in San Francisco during Obama’s time, Seema has built a successful life in the West, despite still struggling with her decision. father to exile the family after coming out as a lesbian. Now nine months pregnant and separated from her unborn son’s black father, Seema seeks the company of those who once gave her up: her ailing mother, Nafeesa, traveling alone to California from Chennai, and her devout sister, Tahera, a doctor living in Texas with her husband and children.
But instead of a joyful reconciliation anticipating the birth of a child, the events of that fateful week bring to light years of betrayal, misunderstanding, and complicated notions of love – such a beautiful and beautiful tapestry of emotions. disparate than the time itself.
Told from the perspective of Seema’s child at the time of his birth and steeped in the writing of the Quran and the classic poetry of Wordsworth and Keats, Radiant fugitives is a moving story set against recent events in American political life of a family struggling with forgiveness and lasting love.
Reasons to read it: It follows three generations of a Muslim-Indian family, each imperfect and three-dimensional. It’s an emotional read that’s empathetic for each of its characters, even when they are in opposition, and it promises a “blockbuster ending you have to read to believe.”