on Nov. 7, 2012 :
This is the thought provoking, if at times heartbreaking, story of Zara, a 40 year old Muslim woman, estranged from her family, and living in the United States. As the story unfolds we learn about the passing of her mother, and the family dramas that ultimately lead to her move to America. Grappling with issues of cultural identify, judgment and social pressures, we follow her experiences dating and from one failed relationship to another, both here and in her native Pakistan.
Just as Zara is at the point of giving up her dreams of a husband and family, she meets Ali, and in that meeting everything changes. Their romance is charming and real, and gives us all hope. They appear to be the perfect match, and for the first time in a long while Zara begins enthusiastically planning for the future when, yet again, fate intervenes.
Saffron September is a love story, not just romantic love, but love of family, heritage, faith and ideals, and through the narration provides invaluable insight into the Muslim world. I've always believed there is great value in learning about other cultures, so even though I am not at all religious, I found the various religious references in the book to be enlightening and important to the telling of Zara's story. Saffron September is very well written, and I look forward to reading more from this talented author.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on July 26, 2012 :
I received a copy of the book from Ms. Anjum.
This is such a thought-provoking book, I want to tell everyone to read it! Saffron September was an insightful and bittersweet look into the Muslim culture and lives of Zara and Ali. I overlooked some idiosyncrasies because I wanted to see how this ended.
I was not disappointed. My last thought as I closed the book was, “Breathe!” as the quirks were suddenly insignificant.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)