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The Sins of the Mother

Granta introduces Jamil Ahmad with this tale of two lovers who spark a blood feud when they elope. They find unlikely shelter at a desert garrison and there establish a quiet life, punctuated only by the seasons of desert dust and heat. But even as they make a home, the past slowly stalks them. Rich and lyrical, this remarkable tale evokes a harsh climate, an unforgiving tradition and the stubborn optimism of love.

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