The Geometry of God by Uzma Aslam Khan

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"Four unforgettable characters make up the shifting chambers of the heart of The Geometry of God, the new novel from lauded Pakistani writer Uzma Aslam Khan. They are: paleontologist Amal, her blind sister Mehwish, their restlessly heretical grandfather Zahoor, and Noman, the young man who changes all their lives." Through them, Khan celebrates the complexities of familial and erotic love, the tug of curiosity and duty, the intersections of faith and longing. This is a novel to read greedily, following the characters' lives as they unfold against the backdrop of General Zia's Pakistan, where religious fundamentalism gains ground and the mujahideen is funded by gem sales and the Americans. Or to savor, as the sisters show us: digging toward the novel's deepest questions about love, moving to the rhythms of an abundant and original language.

 

About Uzma Aslam Khan

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Uzma Aslam Khan grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, and has lived in New York and Arizona. She currently lives in Lahore with her husband. Trespassing, her first novel to be published in the U.S., will appear in eleven languages.
 
Published February 11, 2011 by Rupa & Co. 330 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meanwhile, Amal, who also blames Noman, becomes a lab assistant (as a woman she is barred from doing actual fieldwork) and eventually agrees to marry longtime sweetheart Omar only if he will allow her independence.

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Uzma Aslam Khan chronicles the struggle of one family in Pakistan during and after President-General Zia's administration as it battles on the side of evolution against creationism and fundamentalism.

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