Author: Hiro Boga
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143028928
A mesmerizing tale of madness and migration.
Born to a wealthy Paris family, Shahnaz has endured a life of privilege marred by personal sorrow. Tortured by the hardships of living with her mentally ill mother, Shahnaz gains a new lease on life when she and her husband are offered a life abroad. However, Shahnaz quickly realizes she must adapt to life in a foreign country as well as the marital tensions that come with it. So too must she come to terms with her painful past. As her story unfolds, family secrets are revealed, lessons are learnt and Shahnaz sets out to achieve a life she can truly call her own.
Hiro Boga's Shahnaz is a stunning debut novel which delivers an intensely personal account of human suffering and redemption. At once a moving coming-of-age story, a gripping account of psychological trauma, a tale of female empowerment and a chronicle of migration, Shahnaz is a rare example of a novel that does many things well - outstanding well.