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Fatima Bhutto’s third novel ‘The Runaways’ to hit shelves in October

Fatima Bhutto is all set to release her new novel ”The Runways”.

She made an announcement on her official twitter account. “I am very happy that The Runaways, my new novel, will be published first in Pakistan, India and the region by Penguin India this October”, writes Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s granddaughter.

Penguin Random House India in a press release stated, ”After her bestselling memoir Songs of Blood and Sword, and her highly acclaimed debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon (which was long listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction), Fatima Bhutto is back with an explosive new work of fiction: The Runaways”.

According to Penguin India, the upcoming novel delves into burning questions about modern Muslim identity in a world aflame with violence. From the slums of Karachi to life in Portsmouth, the story follows three individuals who cross paths in the middle of a desert, forcing them to make difficult decisions.

Novel synopsis revealed in press release says:

Anita Rose lives in a concrete block in one of Karachi’s biggest slums, languishing in poverty with her mother and older brother. Determined to escape her stifling circumstances, she struggles to educate herself, scribbling down English words, gleaned from watching TV or taught by her elderly neighbor, in her most prized possession: a glossy red notebook. All the while she is aware that a larger destiny awaits her.

On the other side of Karachi lives Monty, whose father owns half the city? But Monty wants more than fast cars and easy girls. When the rebellious Layla joins his school, he knows his life will never be the same again.

And far away in Portsmouth, Sunny fits in nowhere. It is only when he meets his charismatic, suntanned cousin Oz, whose smile makes Sunny feel found,that that he realizes his true purpose.

These three disparate lives will cross paths in the middle of a 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.

The novel is slated to release this October.

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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