Silk Tether

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6.3 X 9.4 X 1.0 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author
Minal Khan is a writer and attorney who was born in Karachi, Pakistan. She earned her degree in economics at Cornell University, where she was managing editor of the Cornell Progressive, and then went on to obtain a law degree at the University of California, Davis. In 2005, Khan received the Presidential Award for English Literature. She resides and practices law in Northern California.
"The title is the right-on perfect summary for this story about the tight emotional bonds in a sweet, loving family--bonds that nurture a young woman, pamper her, and lock her up. Growing up in privileged families in modern Karachi, Pakistan, Ayla and Alia, 17, have been best friends since third grade, their similar names a wry connection; and as they help each other fight for attention and respect at home, they also dare to confront their long-term goals: to break free from their arranged-marriage future. Ayla is a gifted student caught in a cold, entrapping cage: Can she get away and attend college in the U.S.? Another friend locked in an ugly forced marriage helps Ayla escape. Never simplistic, the close-up personal stories show that the issues are not just about tradition versus freedom or men versus women. Class is always there, too, driving expectations and behavior. With a blend of wry humor and anguish, author Khan shows that the two-edged sword of family bonds (or silk tethers) is a theme that stretches across cultures." --Booklist