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5.0 out of 5 stars A real education, 11 Sep 2009
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This review is from: Under the Same Stars (Paperback)
Although this is in theory written for older teenagers, I would recommend this well written tale to anyone.

Shabanu was born in the Cholistan area of Pakistan and raised in the desert, Staples' prequel 'Daughter of the Wind' tells this part of the story and of her marriage to wealthy powerful landowner Rahim as repayment by Shabanu's father for his protection.

In 'Under the Same Stars' Shabanu and her daughter Mumtaz are living in constant fear of the cruelty inflicted on them by Rahim's three older wives in their jealously and rage at Shabanu's inability to conform to their social standards. Brief respites are Shabanu's visits to her parents and moving to the family havela in Lahore where she can live in peace away from Rahim's other wives, but it is not long before the strictures of duty to family, where deviation is punished by death, rear up and tragedy returns.

A wonderful story that really educated me about the life of women in a society where they are chattels, have little rights and are effectively bought and sold and falling in love is a hopeless destrutive thing but without stereotyping the men or the women, rather, Staples creates wonderfully rendered characters that you fall in love with. I can't wait to read the sequel, 'The House of Djinn'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story of life in the Pakistani desert., 18 Jan 2014
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Book two in a series, about Shabanu a Cholistan desert nomad girl in Pakistan. This book sees her married with a young daughter -the youngest of her husband, Rahim's 4 wives and therefore ridiculed and despised by the others. She chooses to live slightly apart from them, despite Rahim'swishes and tries to build a life for herself and her daughter in case they should be left widowed. Her best friend, Zabo,is set up to marry Ahmed, her husband's only son, a boy with special needs but as the wedding draws nearer, it's obvious that all is not as it should be. Zabo's father is Rahim's younger brother and wants more power - a series of tragic events unfold, leaving you wanting to read the third and final book in the series - House of Djinns. Suzanne Fisher Staples was unknown to me until Shabanu and I think she's an undiscovered gem.
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Under the Same Stars by Suzanne Fisher Staples (Paperback - 3 Sep 2007)
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