I Can’t Think Straight by Shamim Sarif

In General Fiction, Romance on July 1, 2010 at 5:56 am

Title: I Can’t Think Straight
Author: Shamim Sarif
Genre: Fiction/Romance
Rating: ****/****
ISBN: 0956031617

This is a wonderful short novel by Shamim Sarif who also directed the film version which I recommend. It’s the story of two women learning to recognize the truth about themselves, after they fall in love. One is Tala, a Palestinian who is working on her fourth engagement & the other is Leyla a British Indian trying to endure work life while following her passion for writing fiction.

The novel deals a lot with the expectations of both their religious & traditional families (Tala a lax Christian, Leyla a Muslim). But it does offer insight into how these conservative views are not shared by everyone in their respective cultures e.g. Leyla’s sister Yasmin, Tala’s ex-fiance Ali. It is a short novel, which doesn’t allow for a lot of build-up before they both make their decision on how to live the rest of their lives, whether in truth or denial, but overall it’s an excellent piece of fiction with engaging characters.


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