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A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi – Book Review


Title: A Thousand Questions
Author: Saadia Faruqi
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
Release Date: October 6, 2020

Instead of spending summer break in Houston, Texas, Maryam, or Mimi, and her mother travel halfway around the world to visit family in Pakistan. At first, Mimi detests the prospect of staying in a foreign country with grandparents she’s never met in person. Her nani (grandmother) seems like a fire-breathing, dragon lady, the azaan and election rallies are loud and unending, and her mom hardly spends time with her. Yet, as Mimi moves past her discomfort, she befriends Sakina, the family’s cook’s daughter. While they seem polar opposites at first – Mimi a rich, American and Sakina a poor Pakistani – they connect over food, language, Pakistani culture, and their dreams. They help each other get one step closer to the futures they desire: school for Sakina and a relationship with her father