Typhoon

By Qaisra Shahraz

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Tells the tale of three young women: Naghmana - the stranger from the city; Chaudharani Kaniz - the village land baron, and Gulshan - the innocent wife. One is caught in the arms of another woman's husband in the middle of the night; another was raped in her youth; and the third woman lost her husband to a stranger and her mother vowed revenge.

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"Typhoon" is set in Chiragpur, a Pakistani village warped in time, space and guilt, whose inhabitants are still traumatised by what happened some twenty years earlier in a courtroom (kacheri). With the arrival of a beautiful stranger from the city, the villagers are helplessly swept along by a typhoon-like series of events and become buried under the burden of their guilt. Closely guarding their small silk parcels containing a lock of a woman's hair, they all hope to return it to its rightful owner and beg her forgiveness."Typhoon" is a tragic tale of three young women, each one demonised by their past: Naghmana - the glamorous stranger from the city; Chaudharani Kaniz - the village land baron, and Gulshan - the innocent wife. One is caught in the arms of another woman's husband in the middle of the night; another was raped in her youth; and the third woman's world fell apart as she lost her husband, before her eyes, to a total stranger and her mother vowed revenge. For all three there is no escape from what fate has in store.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Arcadia Books
Publication Date 2 Aug 2007
ISBN 9781905147625
Number of Pages 352

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'Gripping, hugely involving and very satisfying to read' - Kate Mosse'Gripping, involving and satisfying read' - Indie Magazine'You enter room after inner room in this book so full of vivid detail about the lives and loves, the duties and desires in Muslim family life living in Chiragpur, a village on the subcontinent. These are rooms and stories few people in the west know, care to enter or understand. They could begin that adventure with this novel' - Yasmin Alibhai-Brown'Qaisra Shahraz received wide critical praise for her first novel , The Holy Woman which became a best seller. Her second novel Typhoon... set in Chiragpur, a Pakistan village. With the arrival of a beautiful stranger from the city, the villagers are helplessly swept along by typhoon like series of events and become buried under the burden of their guilt' - Area News Today'Qaisra Shahraz made a mark with her first novel Holy Woman about a privileged young woman in Pakistan who following a family tragedy is bound to the Qu'ran and a life of celibacy to keep her family's fortune secure. Its follow up Typhoon goes to rural Pakistan to pick up the stories of the first book's minor characters' - Metro'Author of best selling novel The Holy Woman Qaisra Shahraz is back with her long awaited second work about love, jealousy, adultery and rape' - Asian News'A tale of love and deceit set in Pakistan' - The Kahleej Times Online'A stormy new second novel' - Chorlton, Whalley Range and Fallowfield'Typhoon is a tragic tale of three young women each one demonised by their past' - Desi'The book is a riveting family saga' - Bradford Telegraph & Argus

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