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THE HOUSE OF DJINN by Suzanne Fisher Staples Kirkus Star

THE HOUSE OF DJINN

By Suzanne Fisher Staples

Age Range: 11 & up

Pub Date: April 11th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-374-39936-8
Publisher: Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus & Giroux

In this eloquently written sequel to Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind (1989) and Haveli (1993), Shabanu has been in hiding for ten years, fearing for the life of her daughter, Mumtaz. Everyone, including her parents and daughter, believes Shabanu to be dead, but it’s time for her to return from “the realm of the buried” and seek out her daughter. Fifteen-year-old Mumtaz has fallen in love with her Hindu tennis teacher at the Lahore Club; meanwhile, her cousin Jameel lives in California and has given his heart to a beautiful Jewish skateboarder. When the family’s patriarch dies, his choice of successor stirs up old jealousies and renewed violence, causing the lives of Shabanu, Mumtaz and Jameel to converge. Staples skillfully draws readers into the complicated web of relationships in the fictional Amirzai family in this fascinating tale of the conflict between tribal tradition and modernization in contemporary Pakistan. Though this can stand on its own, familiarity with its predecessors adds depth and richness to an important saga. (author’s note, glossary) (Fiction. 11+)