- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Random House (4 October 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807056987
- ISBN-13: 978-0807056981
- Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,54,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Upstairs Wife Paperback – 4 Oct 2016
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The parallel story in the book about author’s Aunt Amina was depressing and heartening, whereby Uncle Sohail and his two wives lived in two separate stories of the same house for twenty years. There was not only a great animosity between the two wives to the extent that had not seen each other until the very end of the book. From personal experience, I can tell you that this is highly unusual situation. While I was growing up in Pakistan, I knew of only one family with two wives to a man. I did not know all the details of their relationships; of course, but it was certainly not anything like that the trio in the book.
Zakaria’s book is written very well. Once I started the book, I had a hard time in putting it down. As far as I know, The Upstairs Wife is Zakaria’s first book. I look forward to reading her future creations. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to read a well written story detailing the poignant history of Karachi.
Sadly this book jumps from politics to social issues as does the time frames.