Miriam is the traditional young Indian mother - hardworking and self-effacing. But then she meets Amina, brash and rebellious, who confounds the Indian community by driving a taxi and setting up a cafe with a local black man, and her world is turned upside down.
In the pressure cooker of apartheid South Africa, two women meet and their worlds are turned upside down. Miriam is a traditional Indian mother - hardworking and self-effacing. Amina breaks all the rules by driving a taxi and setting up a cafe with a local black man. In the face of outraged disapproval, their friendship flourishes. But the price, for Miriam, is the discovery of impossible truths about her marriage. In a system that divides white from black, black from Asian and the women from men, what chance is there for an unexpected love to survive?
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'An impressive debut. [Sarif's] story brings together the descriptive power of the novelist with the screenwriter's mastery of dialogue: a overarching vision of a community shackled by race and gender, which also registers the small shocks and struggles of two women at its centre' The Times
About Shamim Sarif
Shamim Sarif is an accomplished script-writer who lives in Chelsea, London. This is her first novel but she is also. To coincide with the publication of The World Unseen, the Mail on Sunday published one of Shamim's short stories. She also has a film currently in production, and the film rights to this novel have also been optioned.
The World Unseen by Shamim Sarif
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