• The Runaways

    by Fatima Bhutto
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Virtual Event: Fatima Bhutto

presenting

The Runaways:
A Novel

in conversation with LISA LUCAS

Date

Sep
2
Wednesday
September 2, 2020
5:00 PM

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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes FATIMA BHUTTO—author of the novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon and the widely acclaimed memoir Songs of Blood and Sword—for a discussion of her latest novel, The Runaways. She will be joined in conversation by LISA LUCAS, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation.

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About The Runaways

Anita lives in Karachi’s biggest slum. Her mother is a maalish wali, paid to massage the tired bones of rich women. But Anita’s life will change forever when she meets her elderly neighbour, a man whose shelves of books promise an escape to a different world.

On the other side of Karachi lives Monty, whose father owns half the city and expects great things of him. But when a beautiful and rebellious girl joins his school, Monty will find his life going in a very different direction.

Sunny’s father left India and went to England to give his son the opportunities he never had. Yet Sunny doesn’t fit in anywhere. It’s only when his charismatic cousin comes back into his life that he realises his life could hold more possibilities than he ever imagined.

These three lives will cross in the 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.

Praise for The Runaways

“As compassionate as it is trenchant, this rare fiction is an illuminating guide through the great disorder of our times.” —Pankaj Mishra

“Fatima Bhutto vividly renders the seductions of Islamic radicalization in such a way that we understand both its historical specificity and its universal roots in idealism and desire, rage and romance, youth and rebellion. Drawn from the headlines but plunging much deeper, The Runaways is a novel for our difficult times.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen

“Dazzling. A novel that holds up to scrutiny a world of claustrophobic war zones, virulent social media and cities collapsing upon themselves, and then sets it down again, transformed by the grace of storytelling.” —Siddartha Deb, author of The Point of Return

Fatima Bhutto
Fatima Bhutto

Fatima Bhutto

Fatima Bhutto was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and grew up between Syria and Pakistan. She is the author of five previous books of fiction and nonfiction. Her debut novel, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, was long listed for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction and the memoir about her father’s life and assassination, Songs of Blood and Sword, was published to acclaim. She graduated from Barnard with a degree in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures and has a masters in South Asian Government and politics from SOAS.

Photo Credit: Pankaj Mishra

Lisa Lucas
Lisa Lucas

Lisa Lucas

Lisa Lucas is the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the Publisher of Guernica Magazine and the Director of Education at the Tribeca Film Institute.

Photo Credit: Beowulf Sheehan

 

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