Sophia

by Shafinaaz Hassim

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When a man hits his wife for the first time, he hesitates. It takes a shaky hand to strike someone you love. We all have our demons. Pain and frustration clash with fear and self- loathing. They play havoc with us. Once that first time has passed, it becomes easier; .....more


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When a man hits his wife for the first time, he hesitates.

It takes a shaky hand to strike someone you love.

We all have our demons. Pain and frustration clash with fear and self- loathing. They play havoc with us. Once that first time has passed, it becomes easier; allowing the attacker a temporary relief from the demonic craze.

Zarreen Kader knows that this is true of her encounters with her husband, Majid Akram Noorani. And her parents are happy that she is happily married. So she resolves not to tell them about the abuse.After all, he loves her. And he loves the children. So she does what she has to do, to hold her marriage together.

Until the lies catch up with her. And her life begins to fall apart. Are they, as a family, ready for the skeletons that burst out of their past?

Akram must face the dark memories that threaten his sanity, or be engulfed by them, while Zarreen travels to the island of Mauritius,where her Sufi great- grandfather once lived. Will she escape her reality or try to make sense of her struggles? As these stories occur side by side, often with their inextricable overlaps, the drama of personal life, confrontation and a victims silence is made whole.

SoPhia is a love story set primarily in Johannesburg, South Africa. This is not a romance novel, but rather a compelling narrative of hope,compassion and self-realisation.


About the author:

Shafinaaz Hassim is a South African author and social scientist. She is the author of the bestselling book, ‘Daughters are Diamonds:Honour, Shame & Seclusion - A South African Perspective’(2007), ‘Memoirs For Kimya’ (2009), ‘Belly of Fire: an anthology of hope, forgiveness, redemption and reawakening’ (ed.2011) and ‘Nisa Qamar’ (2016), her first young adult novella. She lectures in Sociology. Her research focuses on the biographical narrative in the interplay between personal and political spaces and,to this end, she writes both in fiction and non- fiction. She divides her time between Polokwane, Johannesburg, and Durban, South- Africa.

Other details:

ISBN 9780620519625
Category Fiction and Literature
Language English
Edition First
Published in 2012
Publisher WordFlute Press
Condition Brand New
Pages 256
Width 5.5 inches
Height 8.5 inches
Tags Romance , Violence , Nisa qamar , Sophia , Shafinaaz Hassim

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