The Sweetness of Tears: A Novel by Nafisa Haji

By Nafisa Haji

Whilst religion and proof collide, Jo March—a younger girl born into an Evangelical Christian dynasty—wrestles with questions on who she is and the way she matches into the weave of her devoted family members. Chasing unfastened threads that she hopes will bring about the reality, Jo units off on an not likely quest throughout barriers of language and faith, via chasms of sectarian divides within the Muslim international. opposed to the backdrop of the conflict on Terror—travelling from California to Chicago, Pakistan to Iraq—she delves deeply into the previous, encountering kin, usually for the 1st time, whose histories are intricately intertwined along with her personal . . . in simple terms to profit that actual non secular devotion is a damaged box riddled with doubt and that not anything is ever because it seems.

A tale of forbidden love and familial disorder that interweaves a number of generational and cultural viewpoints, the beauty of Tears is a strong reminder of the binds that bind us, the alternatives that divide us, and the common joys and tragedies that form us all

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In the NY hotel rm (they turn up again in Angst)—what good’s writing? ’’ Forgotten underlined three times, as if forgotten by three forgettings. To which add today the forgetting that followed upon these notes, interrupted for the time being by the finding of the ................. 16582$ $CH3 10-11-07 15:26:56 PS PAGE 35 post-it. Is this the fourth forgetting? How many forgettings does it take to forget, then to forget, then to forget about the forgetting? I remember the forgotten roses very well, backs straight him sprawled on the couch in room 91 them erect upright legs bunched together in the hotel vase saying we’ve been waiting for you red long-stemmed, showy, stout, vigorous roses, in the room I don’t see them as they are but for what they meant.

It was only many years later I noticed the Detail that gives us access to ‘‘The Metamorphosis’’ (‘‘Die Verwandlung’’) though it is perfectly obvious in the entryway where it vegetates and stinks, the eternal cadaver posted as a warning to the reader. But as it doesn’t call out or moan or squeak the avid visitor sweeps indifferently past the prophetic vignette and throws himself into the front room from which he doesn’t emerge alive. If only you’d read the warning Nothing wouldn’t have happened.

I wept. I should have taken out the lens. 27 the eye-patch ................. 16582$ $CH2 10-11-07 15:26:55 PS PAGE 27 * * * This whole story turns on an eye, now one of the eyes of one character, now one of the eyes of the other. This comment is totally extraneous to the story’s events. It belongs to the Tale. To the Tale, that is, version 2000. Before this date a thin sheet of soundproof glass slipped itself between the story’s events and the Tale. So long as I wore a contact lens (that is, one lens) I couldn’t tell.

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