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Leila

Akbar, Prayaag
Format: Paperback
Publisher: FABER & FABER
Published: April 4, 2019
ISBN: 9780571341320
272 pages

£7.99

Shalini will never forget her daughter Leila’s third birthday party: it was the last time she saw her alive. Sixteen years have passed and Shalini’s life is unrecognizable. Her husband gone: beaten and dragged from their home the night Leila disappeared.

Shalini, once privileged, is now disgraced. She trawls the streets desperate to discover where Leila now lives – if she lives at all. In this repressive state, where tradition and purity are valued above all, those outside the city walls – forced to live in filth and oppressive heat – are less than nothing.

But can Shalini find a way back in? Will she see Leila again?

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