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Published by Berkely Trade on 1/6/2015
Genres: Realistic Fiction
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Afia Satar is studious, modest, and devout. The young daughter of a landholding family in northern Pakistan, Afia has enrolled in an American college with the dream of returning to her country as a doctor. But when a photo surfaces online of Afia holding hands with an American boy, she is suddenly no longer safe—even from the family that cherishes her.
Rising sports star Shahid Satar has been entrusted by his family to watch over Afia in this strange New England landscape. He has sworn to protect his beloved sister from the dangerous customs of America, from its loose morals and easy virtue. Shahid was the one who convinced their parents to allow her to come to the United States. He never imagined he’d be ordered to cleanse the stain of her shame...
A Sister to Honor was such an emotional book for me to read. There are so many different items brought to attention that had to be difficult to describe and convey accurately.
The story Ferriss wove was as beautiful as it was heartbreaking at times. I could not imagine living in fear of those that I love most. It’s a hard concept to grasp because they way family ties are held in the Pashtun area are not ones that are seen in America. Ferriss did an amazing job of researching the culture before she wrote this. I learned a lot about the culture, and it’s definitely eye-opening.
I’m trying to keep from spoiling the story because it is a definite must read. I appreciate how she shows the different ways Americans and the Pashtuns hold honor. And how she told the story of a brother and sister trying to come to terms with love, honor, and deciding if you should have to live the life that is expected of you.
Such a great book! Just be warned that there are times you will want to rage, as well as times where you want to break down and hold the characters and ensure that everything will be okay. Words cannot do this book justice.