This book was reviewed by my daughter for Modern History Press.
When reading Saffron Dreams by Shaila Abdullah, I was emotionally moved on several instances. This book is great in many ways. It tells about the ways people have to struggle in life, and the things they have to go through. When reading this book, you will meet a girl named Arissa. When she meets an incredible man and moves from Pakistan to New York with him, things seem pleasant, then the unthinkable happens..
Her husband is killed in the tragic and devastating accident of 9/11. Arissa, being a Muslim living in America at that time, faces many struggles. Many people stereotype against her. They associate her with the terrorists who took down the Twin Towers. When it seems like she has hit rock bottom, even more tragedy strikes. She has been told that her unborn son has serious birth defects and has slim chances of ever living a full life. As her life came tumbling down, she struggled through; all the while, defending her race against the harsh slurs of the American world.
What makes this book so unique is that, instead of being told by a typical American, it is told by an American immigrant. This makes the book more heart-touching because, everyone always considers how the Americans felt during 9/11, but no one really ever considered how the Muslims have felt. It wasn’t just stereotypical white Americans affected by that tragedy and many times people of other nationalities are forgotten. But, people already have a tendency to stereotype, and when people are going through a really hard time, they do and say things that they may not mean.
This book really shows you that everyone has struggles to go through. I doesn’t matter what race or religion you are; you can push through the toughest times in life, and end up okay. Not only does this book tell a great story, but the book is well written and the story has a freat flow. I would suggest this book to anyone who loves to read books with a story that is worthwhile!