The book 'Genetic Makeup' is made up of short stories. They are mainly about real life issues and growth. The stories cover a broad aspect of life and reflects on issues such as effects of war, mental health, healing and recovery. Childhood and dreams are very important in shaping our lives so this is very much expressed in Genetic Makeup. One story is based in Afghanistan, another in UK and Pakistan, Kashmir, India, Palestine and Nepal. The stories express how women are exposed and treated in these areas of the world and how this can effect their outlook and meaning of life. How we perceive things in the real world and how psychosis can alter our beliefs and perceptions and most importantly being positive about life is the road to recovery. The issues raised are serious and presented in narrative form staying close to reality as possible. As one character says: 'Look,' Deepa exposed her arms and back...'they do it when you say no. This is my story, yours has not even begun yet.'...'It's up to you, shape into the world or die, there's no room or time to adjust.' However, positivism is portrayed throughout the short stories. A quote from 'Paradise on Earth?' (based in Kashmir) shows this. '...A life of learning and learning to love, bringing pure and natural beauty in every step we take, every step a reflection of a time period. The clear white puffed clouds, are held by angels in the canopy above.'