The Wish Maker by Ali Sethi

The unforgettable story of a fatherless boy growing up in a household of outspoken women, The Wish Maker is also a tale of sacrifice, betrayal, and indestructible friendship. Zaki Shirazi and his female cousin Samar Api were raised to consider themselves "part of the same litter." Together they watched American television and memorized dialogue from Bollywood movies, attended dangerous protests, and formed secret friendships. In a household run by Zaki's crusading political journalist mother and iron-willed grandmother, it was impossible to imagine a future that could hold anything different for either of them.

But adolescence approaches and the cousins' fates diverge. Samar's unconventional behavior-in which Zaki has played the role of devoted helper-brings severe consequences for her, while Zaki is sent out to discover the world for himself. It is only after years of separation from Samar that he is forced to confront the true nature of happiness, selfhood, and commitment to those he loves most.

Chronicling world-changing events that have never been so intimately observed in fiction and brimming with unmistakable warmth and humor, The Wish Maker is the powerful account of a family and an era, a story that shows how, even in the most rapidly shifting circumstances, there are bonds that survive the tugs of convention, time, and history.

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  • Debra B.

    I'm about halfway through now, and I'm still waiting to get hooked.

    September 20, 2012

  • Ramana

    the subtitle might be: 'Pakistani teens are no different from teens elsewhere'. This book is a bit of a disappointment when compared to his op-eds in NY Times.

    September 12, 2012

  • Raghu O.

    @Ramana: you stole words from my mouth. I was gonna ask how everyone else is doing if it is worth reading the rest?

    September 7, 2012

  • Ramana

    I'm at the mid-point of the book and so far its been pretty banal. Will the story pick up steam? Stay tuned......

    September 7, 2012

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