- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (17 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061780103
- ISBN-13: 978-0061780103
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,79,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When faith and facts collide, Jo March—a young woman born into an Evangelical Christian dynasty—wrestles with questions about who she is and how she fits into the weave of her faithful family. Chasing loose threads that she hopes will lead to the truth, Jo sets off on an unlikely quest across boundaries of language and religion, through chasms of sectarian divides in the Muslim world. Against the backdrop of the War on Terror—travelling from California to Chicago, Pakistan to Iraq—she delves deeply into the past, encountering relatives, often for the first time, whose histories are intricately intertwined with her own . . . only to learn that true spiritual devotion is a broken field riddled with doubt and that nothing is ever as it seems.
A story of forbidden love and familial dysfunction that interweaves multiple generational and cultural viewpoints, The Sweetness of Tears is a powerful reminder of the ties that bind us, the choices that divide us, and the universal joys and tragedies that shape us all.See all Product description
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It is written from the angle of 4 characters, all narrating their story in first person, a style which some readers find hard to follow, but one that worked well for me. The beginning is very compelling, where 'the wall of doubt' needs to be climbed over, both in a literal and a symbolic sense. The characters are abundant, yet well defined, and their relationships are complicated but strong. Nafisa Haji has effectively conveyed the much needed message in today's changing world: that humanity and goodness is the universal language which needs no translation and is an all encompassing religion which is above all scholarly interpretation. This book kept me awake at night, wanting to know what happens next. I recommend it highly.
My favorite quote from the book: "Anger is like milk. It doesn't keep. It becomes sour, bringing sickness and death to anyone who tastes it when its time has passed. Grief, ages better than anger. It is eternal."
But this is a novel that could have been reduced in size. I often think a novelist should be required to read and study "To Kill a Mockingbird" to see how carefully Harper Lee creates dialogue. And how often she summarizes conversations instead of dragging out conversations.
This is something Nafisa Haji could learn to do--should learn to do. There are literally pages of dialogue which should have been summarized. And there is dialogue that is very unbelievable, especially later in the novel when Jo and Chris talk. Chris, once a believable character, becomes, for me, almost totally unbelievable as is his mother, Angela, who was quite believable at the beginning.
Ultimately, I found this book disappointing. From reading other reviews, I find myself curious to pick up Haji's earlier novel, The Writing on My Forehead.