Giveaway: A Death in the Family by Ryaan Shah
When Mohammed Ahmad Ally dies, his family gather for the religious rites and burial recalling the troubled relationship they had with him.
He had lived by tradition and by his deeply held Islamic views. His children, as he always said, were there to make him proud. He had been a dominant and domineering figure in their lives, had arranged the marriage of his elder daughter, Maryam, to the son of a good friend; had sent his only boy, Khalil, off to New York to study law; and had disowned his younger daughter, Dee, for marrying a Hindu.
Even as friends and business colleagues remember Ally as kind and generous, his children and sister-in-law Hamida, his late wife's youngest sister, remember a different man, a man who had been authoritarian and bigoted. The family open up to each other and, in the process, resolve issues that had been seething below the surface of their own relationships with each other. Ally's death becomes a transformative event that leads them to renew their familial ties.
About the Author
Ryhaan Shah was born and grew up in Guyana. She was educated there and in the United States, where she studied for a degree in journalism. For the next twenty years she travelled from the US and the UK and the Cayman Islands, working in the field of communications and journalism. She returned to Guyana in 1997. Her first novel, A Silent Life, was published in 2005 and has been the subject of several academic presentations at Caribbean Studies conferences in North America and Europe.
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