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Fatima Bhutto to come out with new novel in October

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Pakistani will come out with her new book in October that deals with burning questions about modern Muslim identity in a world aflame with violence.

"The Runaways" has been billed by publisher India as an explosive new work of fiction.

"Penguin India has been my home for the past 10 years and I am thrilled that my new novel - a book very close to my heart - will be published by them this October," says Bhutto, who has penned books like "Songs of Blood and Sword" and "The Shadow of the Crescent Moon".

Meru Gokhale, (Literary Publishing) at India, says Fatima's new novel does not shy away from disturbing truths about the world we live in today.

According to Ambar Sahil Chatterjee, commissioning at India, "Fatima Bhutto's new novel is born out of very contemporary concerns, and her characters are absorbingly complex - from a young woman struggling to better her prospects to a young man tormented by homosexual urges he strives to suppress. Readers are going to be shocked and moved by what she has to say."

The book spans from to the nightlife of London, from the dockyards of to the deserts of

lives in a concrete block in one of Karachi's biggest slums, languishing in poverty with her mother and older brother.

Determined to escape her stifling circumstances, she struggles to educate herself, scribbling down English words - gleaned from watching TV or taught by her elderly neighbour - in her most prized possession: a glossy red notebook. All the while she is aware that a larger destiny awaits her.

On the other side of lives Monty, whose father owns half the city. But Monty wants more than fast cars and easy girls. When the rebellious joins his school, he knows his life will never be the same again.

And far away in Portsmouth, Sunny fits in nowhere. It is only when he meets his charismatic, suntanned cousin - whose smile makes Sunny feel found - that he realises his true purpose.

These three disparate lives will cross paths in the middle of a desert, a place where life and death walk hand-in-hand, and where their closely guarded secrets will force them to make a terrible choice.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 16:25 IST