Troubador Sorry it’s a Girl

Released: 28/06/2020

ISBN: 9781838591137

eISBN: 9781838598549

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Sorry it’s a Girl


Lahore, 2018: In a city teeming with gossip and rumours, where the spoken word is as sharp as a whip, five women lead extraordinary lives.

Born into wealth and opulence, Maya and Arzoo are best friends, achieving everything that is expected of them, from top grades to entry into the exclusive Ivy League schools. Gliding through Lahore’s glittering soirees, Ariyana is the picture of perfection. Charming Laila is married to a business tycoon, living a life of luxury that others could only dream of. But life is rarely perfect…

In this world where image is everything and tradition prevails, these women struggle to negotiate friendships, family and society’s expectations. Beneath the designer clothes lie hidden scars and secrets that cannot be told. And in amongst it all, love blooms.

Asian Image

An incredible social comedy pointing out the gender differences in today’s Pakistan. I loved the depiction of the characters, even the bitchiest of them! An excellent and fun novel!

by NetGalley review

This is a fascinating read!

Khan writes about love and identity in contemporary Pakistan. It's a great story that peaks into people's lives and highlights how they weave together through generation and location.

It's a thoughtful read that looks at the role of women as daughters and wives and mothers. A recommended read that examines the modern experience.

by NetGalley review

A glamorous tale of well to do women in present day Pakistan, struggling with the patriarchy and the societal norms, Highly recommended!

by NetGalley review

Intellectually stimulating, this book wonderfully portrays Pakistani culture and society and what is expected of women and their obedience to both family and men. Despite all the wealth that gives one a gifted life, the trappings more often than not lead to unhappiness such as Maya and Ali. The outside appearance is truly a facade for what lies beneath. I enjoyed the co mingling of stories from both the families of K and N and whom they interacted with. Arzoo stood her ground and was determined to find her happiness which is admirable. This book.was truly captivating.

by NetGalley review

A glamorous tale of well to do women in present day Pakistan, struggling with the patriarchy and the societal norms, Highly recommended!

by NetGalley review

What an insight into contemporary Pakistani upper-class life - feminism, cultural and religious difference, sisterhood - it is all tackled here.

The trappings of a privileged life are here just that - trappings. Can friendship overcome trappings or just make them manageable? How far can societal norms be pushed and yet the protagonist still feels at home in the milieu?

A great read for learning about contemporary Pakistan, friendship, the good and bad of privilege, and our modern expectations.

by NetGalley review

This book gave a really good and honest insight into cultural and social expectations in Pakistani society, especially high society. I think a lot of people, especially South Asians, will be able to relate to the pressures faced by the characters in the book.
While the overall story was good, I had a lot of issues with this book. The least of which were writing errors and things that just were implausible. Trump is mentioned as being the 54th "chief minister" when he's actually 45. I just assume that was one of the many typographical errors that will be corrected. My first real problem with this book were things that were just hard to believe. For example, women talking openly about transporting saffron while at the same time talking about how valuable it is, on a public train, with a stranger. I get that they were trying to make an analogy, but still, kind of unbelievable.
This book took me such a long time to finish, one of the main reasons being so many unneeded extra words. You'll be reading about someone or some event in the story, and all of a sudden it's gone off on a tangent about something that really didn't add to the current situation. I skimmed through a lot of the book, there was just a lot of information that really wasn't necessary. When you finally got back to the actual interesting plots, they left you hanging and wondering what happened. All of a sudden it's weeks later in the story and you're confused. It was sometimes hard to find out whether you were reading about the past, present, or future. At one point Laila comes home and Maya isn't allowed to see her, then a doctor comes with a burn kit, all of a sudden, other drama happens and that particular Laila situation is never really mentioned again. What had happened to her??? Maya's mom's hospital situation was the same thing. All of a sudden, they're all in Dubai, what just happened?!! This occurs constantly in the book. The characters just seem to move forward and you feel like you missed out on some interesting drama. The book just didn't flow well til the very end. As for the ending, it wasn't horrible, but I needed more info on what happened to some of the characters.

I actually liked most of the main characters. I felt frustrated for them, but I realize this is reality for so many people in the real world. I really liked Mrs. S, with all her flaws, she was still a decent human being, which is more than I can say about Maya's parents. This book does a great job of portraying how much societal expectations are a part of all that is wrong in this world.

by NetGalley review

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