What (am I currently reading)?
I am currently reading No Honour by Awais Khan. The paperback of this novel was published Orenda Books in August of 2021, the ebook has been available a little longer.
Book Blurb (taken from https://orendabooks.co.uk/product/no-honour )
In sixteen-year-old Abida’s small Pakistani village, there are age-old rules to live by, and her family’s honour to protect. And, yet, her spirit is defiant and she yearns to make a home with the man she loves.
When the unthinkable happens, Abida faces the same fate as other young girls who have chosen unacceptable alliances – certain, public death. Fired by a fierce determination to resist everything she knows to be wrong about the society into which she was born, and aided by her devoted father, Jamil, who puts his own life on the line to help her, she escapes to Lahore and then disappears.
Jamil goes to Lahore in search of Abida – a city where the prejudices that dominate their village take on a new and horrifying form – and father and daughter are caught in a world from which they may never escape.
Moving from the depths of rural Pakistan, riddled with poverty and religious fervour, to the dangerous streets of over-populated Lahore, No Honour is a story of family, of the indomitable spirit of love in its many forms … a story of courage and resilience, when all seems lost, and the inextinguishable fire that lights one young woman’s battle for change.
Why (have I chosen to read it)?
I have seen so many positive reviews of No Honour, that I bought this novel at the end of last year – and it is only now that I have been able to fit it into my reading schedule. I always enjoy reading about the lives of others in different cultures, so I am hoping this will be no exception.
While (I am reading it)
I have been snow shovelling this week. Snow makes everything so beautiful to look at – except our drive! A path to our front door needs to be kept clear, and ignoring a thin layer of snow will result in a layer of ice which will become treacherous. Though we have a (very heavy) snow blower machine, when the snow is water laden it is too heavy for the snow machine and clogs it up, so it has to be removed by shovel – an activity which my shoulders and back are not keen on!
Anyway here is a picture of the pretty side of snow.
All the best, Emma