Author: Lara Zuberi
The protagonist, Saman, is a Pakistani girl living in the slums of Karachi, who gratefully embrace the opportunity of education that arrives at her doorstep. While studying in the library, she meets a young medical student, Aman, whom she eventually promises to marry. Circumstances cause them to separate, but they are unable to forget each other.
Belonging to a family in which no one else can read, Saman becomes a fearless writer, who knows that her words have the power to set paper ablaze. Years later, she picks up her pen and writes the story of herself and Aman. Titled The Story of Us, her novel reaches Aman’s bedside, when his wife Sasha gives it to him as an anniversary present. Aman is then forced to confront his past, which he has left behind twenty years before, burying it beneath his intense pursuit of a brilliant neurosurgical career.
She spends two decades running after memories of their time together, as he spends the same running away from them. Aman and Saman remain in each other’s eyes—he as the sparkle in hers—cherished and welcomed, and she as the sand in his—gritty and blurring.
The story touches on the spirit of sacrifice, the pursuit of education amidst poverty and social constraint, the toil of surgical training in a foreign country, the devastation of marital discord, the grief of childlessness, and the power of love. Torn Pages is a novel about finding resolution and completing a story that was left unwritten twenty years ago.
About the Author
Lara Zuberi was brought up in Pakistan and now lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband and son, and practices as Assistant Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology at The University of Florida.