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BOOK REVIEW: SAFFRON DREAMS
BY SHAILA ABDULLAH

We hope you enjoy this book review by Teri Davis.



Exquisite. That best describes the book, SAFFRON DREAMS. The story is from a womanís perspective with true pain, ambition, desperation, duty, and love all mixed together.

Arissa Illahi is a Pakistani-Muslim artist and writer whose childhood was spent in an affluent family in New York City. Her mother is overly flirtatious with her uncle and her parents eventually split. She meets an interesting man who she would like to meet again and regretfully, doesnít until her parents contact a matchmaker and show her the pictures of prospective husbands. There he is and their life together begins.

All is not perfect as they do have the everyday problems and challenges of being overly educated and not being able to find profitable careers to match. Her husband works as a waiter in one of buildings that are part of the World Trade Center. In his free time, he is writing his first novel, which he hopes, will allow him to become a full-time author.

Arissa discovers that she is pregnant and her life changes. Her husband was working on the morning of 9/11 and he did not escape the tragedy that occurred. Arissa has to deal with his death, being pregnant, finding a job to support the baby and herself, and also, how to be a Muslim in New York City at this time. To add to this challenge, she discovers that her child will be handicapped; it is just not known yet to what degree.

SAFFRON DREAMS possesses a strength of dreaming, reality, and a personal voice in literature. You truly feel you are Arissa as her life continues daily. She wants to be a good mother, continue her faith, rely on her family, and also to fulfill her husbandís wishes of completing his novel. There just isnít always enough time for everything.

Shaila Abdullah is a Pakistani-American author currently living in Austin, Texas. She has also written, BEYOND THE CAYENNE WALL which is a collection of stories about Pakistani women and the changes and challenges in their lives. SAFFRON DREAMS is truly an exquisite novel. The care of the characters, complete with flaws exposed, makes this a reflective and insightful read for everyone.

REVIEWED BY TERI DAVIS

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