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Broken Verses

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An inspirational Pakistani political activist disappears in 1988, two years after the brutal slaying of her lover; her only daughter, Aasmaani Inqalab, is left behind. Fourteen years later, Aasmaani, once expected by her mother’s followers to carry on her activist legacy, aimlessly flits through meaningless jobs in Karachi, the bitterness of abandonment and betrayal still weighing heavily on her. When she encounters a woman who possesses a link to her past — a document written in a code known only by Aasmaani, her mother, and her lover — Aasmaani initiates a quest to reconnect with her long-lost parent and, ultimately, herself. A fresh literary look at modern-day Pakistan, Kamila Shamsie’s Broken Verses offers a sparse, at times beautiful meditation on love, forgiveness, and letting go.

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