“Tender, heartwarming and unabashedly sentimental, in Mona, Farooqi has created everyone’s ideal woman: she can make you laugh and cry on the same page. The Story of A Widow
is an ultra-realistic miniature in which Farooqi has evoked the tribulations of extended families and mid-life with sparse prose. If Jane Austen had grown up in a Karachi suburb, this is what she would have written.”
— Mohammed Hanif, author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes
“I loved The Story of a Widow
! It is a novel full of charm and humour, and Farooqi writes about Mona Ahmad and her attempts to negotiate a world full of interfering if well-meaning relatives with a warm understanding of human frailties.”
— Anita Rau Badami, author or Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?
“Readers are not so much transported to suburban Karachi as they are transplanted into the heart of an Indian family. And families are . . . well, families, it seems, are the same world over. . . . [The Story of a Widow
is a] charming and insightful novel . . . [A] life-affirming work.”
— The Edmonton Journal
“It is not a novel of nuance and subtlety but one of instruction and encouragement.”
— Winnipeg Free Press
“Readers are not so much transported to suburban Karachi as they are transplanted into the heart of an Indian family. And families are … well, families, it seems, are the same the world over…. Charming and insightful.”
— The Gazette
About the Author
Musharraf Ali Farooqi is an author and translator. His critically acclaimed translation of the Indo-Islamic epic, The Adventures of Amir Hamza
, was published by the Modern Library in 2007. He has also translated the works of contemporary Urdu poet Afzal Ahmed Syed.