Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Painted Hands

Painted Hands
Jennifer Zobair

Three best friends are living in the city and learning how to cope as Muslim women in a modern day America. Each of them take steps that turn them towards a more modern view of their lifestyle and religion. But when hard situations come calling, which ones will return to their heritage and embrace the traditions they were raised with. 

I was a little apprehensive about reading this book. I've had some bad experiences with "Indian" books before. But I was not only pleasantly surprised, I was impressed. On the surface, this is a love story about three girls and some of their friends. But on a deeper level it's about how our traditions affect our lifestyle decisions. It's about making choices that affect everyone around us. It is about not letting our preconceived ideas color our view of the world. I enjoyed the romantic aspects of the story, but I also enjoyed the parts that got me to thinking about what and why I believed the way I do. If you want a light romantic read, you could probably read this book. But don't be surprised to find yourself re-thinking issues and pondering thoughts presented in the book. I'm looking forward to another book by this author.

I received this book free of charge from St. Martin's Press Publicity in exchange for my honest review.

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