The Good Children, Paperback Book
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'Few novels are life-changing; this one just might be' Daily Mail Leaving home is one thing.

Surviving is another. In 1940s Lahore, the Punjab, two brothers and two sisters are beaten and browbeaten into 'good children'. Each has a destiny to fulfil. Sully and Jakie will be doctors, Mae and Lana dutiful wives.

But Sully falls for an unsuitable girl, Jakie an unsuitable man.

Mae and Lana disgrace themselves and disobey. Rebelling is easy when you're far from home. But the ties that bind them across cultures, continents and time can never be broken. And when, decades later, death draws them back, it will affect them in ways they never imagined.


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'the woman who commanded duty, deference and despair. She who must be obeyed, rising up from the past,', January 22, 2015This review is from: The Good Children (Kindle Edition)A very compelling read, following the four children of a well-to-do Lahore family from 1938 to the present. With an ineffectual father and a mother who 'was two people; comically girlish or tragically severe', the children have their futures planned: the two boys to study medicine abroad - their sister imagines an ideal son for her as 'the son who would find greatness abroad, and then return to Lahore and marry a pious local girl of good background' - and the two girls to make good marriages.But their lives go in very different, and sometimes harmful, directions; psychologist Sulaman, emotionally damaged; GP Jakie, with his gay lover; Mae, who chooses her husband because she likes her future mother-in-law; and the rather less clearly defined and convincing Lana.I think Sulaman in particular was wonderfully drawn - his difficulties in relating to people were utterly believable.Ms Farooki writes in different voices, and brings in snippets of the past as she relates the present. By the end the reader feels s/he knows the characters as real people.Excellent read.

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