The Harem

The Harem

Book - 2012
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Fiction. Asian American Studies. How far would you go to be free?

Humorous, though tinged with a sense of the tragic, at times risqué, and utterly contemporary, THE HAREM, is a fast-paced novel about young Asian women and their quest for freedom.

Farina has only one dream: to be free and move away from Peckville, a Muslim ghetto in a large city. She is eager to escape the clutches of her strict parents who will not let her drink, party or have any kind of contact with males. As soon as she turns eighteen, she sets her dream in motion and gets her own apartment. The only problem is that her minimum-wage job leaves her feeling anything but liberated. How can she resist when her ambitious best friend Sabrina proposes an infallible business idea? How harmful can running as escort agency really be? Will she finally be freed by her increasing wealth and independence, or will she remain enslaved by her increasing guilt?
Publisher: Toronto : TSAR Publications, c2012
ISBN: 9781894770989
Branch Call Number: FAZ
Characteristics: 180 p. ;,22 cm

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Oct 16, 2013

Just an 'insignificant paki' girl resounds throughout this book. You can feel the characters anger and frustration as they struggle to gain some independence and status in a world where being born a woman is being seen as having no value as a person.Farina the main character and the voice of the story, struggles between achieving status and independence quickly but immorally or making the right moral choices and losing out on the quick cash and financial independence that making immoral choices can afford her. An insightful look into the moral struggles that young women face when they feel undervalued in their culture.

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