The Story of Maha

The Story of Maha

by Sumayya Lee

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The Story of Maha by Sumayya Lee

The child of a forbidden marriage, Maha grows up happily in Cape Town until her world changes forever when her parents are killed at a political rally. At the age of eight, Maha is reclaimed by her loving but staid Indian grandparents and taken to live in Durban. Growing up in the claustrophobia of the suburbs what she dubs Slumurbia Maha reveals a love for the outrageous as she clashes with the conventions of her community. Always a free spirit, she soon learns how to weave around the strict boundaries of Muslim life and as a rebellious teenager, nothing holds her back from experiencing first love, a bit of partying and a tantalising romance (all between prayers, of course). But when it counts the most, rules must be obeyed and as she heads towards her twentieth birthday, there is no way Maha can avoid Marriage to a Suitable Boy. With refreshing energy, Maha treats us to the ups and downs of her passionate (though sometimes quite vulnerable) young heart, and a life in which she's not quite in charge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781908720016
Publisher: Ebooks by Design
Publication date: 02/03/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

SUMAYYA LEE was born in April 1970 in Durban, to a Muslim family of Indian origin. After moving as a young children to the UK while her father studied dentistry she returned home to life in a typical extended family, at a time when the family home had already been relocated (due to the South African Group Areas Act) to a newly developing suburb called Westville. After a career as a teacher of young children, and a failed first marriage and life as a single mother, she found her perfect job, teaching English language to adults. While furthering her career by studying and teaching EFL in London, she met the man who is now her husband and the reason she is living in London and finally able to fulfill her dream of writing.

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