Stories

Shaila Abdullah

United States

  • Geographic Location: North America
  • Languages: Urdu and English


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Friday, March 26, 2010 4:59 PM

Sins of Monsoons is an unpublished chapter from Shaila Abdullah's new novel Saffron Dreams.

Powerless

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 3:18 PM

Tannu is a metaphorically caged dove trying to live up to the expectations that come with being a woman able to bear children. While the life inside her blossoms, the ghosts of her pregnancy secret haunt her. In an act of defiance against the restrictions of expectation, she refuses to give up her firstborn to the caretakers of the shrine of Shah Daullah as tradition dictates.

Saffron Dreams

Thursday, October 30, 2008 12:25 PM

From the darkest hour of American history emerges a mesmerizing tale of tender love, a life interrupted, and faith recovered. Arissa Illahi, a Muslim artist and writer, discovers in a single moment that no matter how carefully you map your life, it is life itself that chooses your destiny. After her husband's death in the collapse of the World Trade Center, the discovery of his manuscript marks Arissa's reconnection to life. Her unborn son and the unfinished novel fuse in her mind into one life-defining project that becomes, at once, the struggle for her emotional survival and the redemption of her race. Saffron Dreams is a novel about our ever evolving identities and the events and places that shape them. It reminds us that in the midst of tragedy, our dreams can become a lasting legacy.


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