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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Which path should you take when faced with the choice between your own dreams and the needs of the people you love most? <BR/><BR/>That is precisely the dilemma facing Amjed Qamar's fourteen-year-old protagonist, Nazia, in her debut novel, BENEATH MY MOTHER'S FEET. When her father is injured on the job, Nazia's world is thrown into chaos when she must quit school to help her mother clean houses in order to earn a living for her family. Nazia is forced to deal with ever-increasing burdens, leading her to question beliefs she once accepted as absolute and confront an unknown future that previously seemed so certain. <BR/><BR/>The best stories are those with universal themes to which anyone can relate, with enough unique details and fresh perspectives to keep the reader's interest, and Qamar does this with an expert's grace. Her writing is spare and elegant, giving readers an insider's view into daily life in modern-day Pakistan. The characters are like any flesh and blood human being -- loving, devoted, but not without their flaws, and anyone looking for a young female lead boasting a driving force beyond boys, designer labels, or social status will be thrilled with Qamar's central character. <BR/><BR/>BENEATH MY MOTHER'S FEET is a spectacular, thought-provoking work of fiction that will stay with the reader long after the story's end.

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  • Posted August 3, 2012

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    The wonderful story of 14-year-old Nazia, a schoolgirl in Karac

    The wonderful story of 14-year-old Nazia, a schoolgirl in Karachi whose life changes drastically when her father cannot (or will not) work. Forced to become a housekeeper, she must quit school and learn at the &quot;school of hard knocks.&quot; She questions the arranged marriage to a cousin she doesn't know and wants to believe the best about her father, although all the signs point to him being a lying, thieving slacker. Will Nazia stand up for herself or will she buckle under pressure from her mother to make the family proud? An interesting look at a culture most Western students know nothing about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    love

    iherd this book was amazing so igot it and loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2011

    Awesome book

    I read this book for battle of the books a my school and i finished this book in three days. I would have finished it sooner if i understood it more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2008

    A must read

    I thought that the book was excellently written and made me appreciate all that we have and could loose in a second. I look forward to seeing what Nazia does next

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2008

    Excellent Book For All Ages!

    Although this book is for young adult readers, I 'an adult' read this book in almost one sitting and was completely carried away by the story. Ms Qamar writes in such a way that draws you in and gives you a snapshot of life in a Pakistani town. You gain a better understanding of their culture, their deep loyalty to family and their everyday ways of life. You'll instantly fall in love with the main charachter, Nazia, who is just a young girl enjoying school, friends, her family and the every day perils and adventures of growing up. That is until her mother takes her out of school so she can help earn money for the family. What Nazia experiences teaches her many things, tests her own loyalty to her family and teaches her how to deal with personal struggles. Days after reading this book, I was still thinking about Nazia and all that she experienced. This is definitely a must read for all age groups!

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