My Professor Dr. Babli Parveen recommended me this novel and I was really eager to read it. So when I went to the book fair I bought it without giving a second thought.
This book is really one of the best book I've ever read. As most of you are aware I love history fiction novels, this one is definitely my type. There's so much to know and learn about the country beyond the border, while I was reading the book I was questioning myself what's the difference, our language, customs, traditions, culture, clothes are so similar but there's a major difference that is the secularism that may be don't exist beyond the border, the kind of atrocism and the coup government. Apart from it the writer narrates the women's condition in Pakistan unapologetically by revealing the truth and beautifully paired it with Pakistan's history and politics and simultaneously talking about tensions between two countries, their history before and partition.
For instance, Every new scene in Amina and Sohail’s marriage is paired with a scene from Pakistani history. There is often a wry elegance to these pairings. The original marriage proposal to Aunt Amina from Uncle Sohail comes within days of Pakistan’s forfeiture of East Pakistan (Bangladesh), what Zakaria calls “the first and only public surrender in modern military history”; the year that a distraught Aunt Amina returns to her father’s house, Benazir Bhutto returns to her father’s home, too, after seven years of self-imposed exile from Pakistan.
Zakaria briefly draw attention to the assorted forces that shaped the country between 1947 and 2007, the year Benazir Bhutto was assassinated: waves of migration, sectarian conflict, a series of military coups, political violence, Cold War tensions, wars with India, wars in Afghanistan, the 9/11 attacks and so
The Upstairs Wife” does manage to cover so much ground so skillfully, casting a sharp eye on complicated personal politics and affairs of state alike. In the end, Zakaria discovers how deeply entangled her family’s fate is with that of her country. - 11 hours ago