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The Shadow Of The Crescent Moon

Fatima Bhutto

Set over the course of one morning in a small town in Pakistan's tribal regions, close to the border with Afghanistan, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is the story of three brothers living through a world on fire. Two women - the beautiful Samarra and the unsettling Mina are at the heart of the novel and through them we see a story of love, of loss, and how the backdrop of continuous war forces the individual to make terrible choices, to choose hope over love, the future over the present. Devastatingly moving, fast-paced and a deeply resonant novel that goes to the heart of our times, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is an extraordinary debut work of fiction and marks the beginning of a terrific career for this young novelist.

Fatima Bhutto was born in Kabul in 1982. She is one of the prominent Bhutto family, which counts among its members Fatima's aunt, the assassinated former president Benazir Bhutto, and former president Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Fatima's maternal grandfather.

She is the author of Songs of Blood and Sword, published in 2010, which has been translated into French, Italian, and Hindi. Fatima's work has appeared in The Guardian, The Financial Times, and the New Statesman. She lives and writes in Karachi, Pakistan.

Praise for Songs of Blood and Sword:

`Her mesmerising book often has the feel of a detective inquiry into the events of a Jacobean tragedy in which a dynasty is inexorably eliminated...' Guardian

'A story with dazzling twists and turns told by a true-blue member of the Bhutto fold.' The Independent

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198 x 129mm
Penguin Group US (Penguin Press) (PRH Rights)
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Audio (Unabridged)
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