Story of a Widow
By Musharraf Ali Farooqi
Published by Random House of Canada

A humorous, unforgettable novel that movingly captures a widow’s struggle to reclaim her life and delicately portrays the subtle transformation of a very traditional woman.

In a neighbourhood in Karachi, Mona, a recently widowed mother of two grown daughters, is trying to settle into her new life. Things take an unexpected turn when the mysterious Salamat Ali becomes a tenant at her neighbour’s house – and he begins to court the widow. His attentions cause Mona to reconsider her first marriage, and what she wants from her life. An impertinent proposal throws things considerably further into chaos. As her family swoops in to defend her honour, Mona asserts herself against their ministrations and makes a most unexpected decision. (from

Title: Story of a Widow
Author: Musharraf Ali Farooqi
Publisher: Random House of Canada