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Saffron Dreams quotes Saffron Dreams , litcharts Saffron Dreams , symbolism Saffron Dreams , summary shmoop Saffron Dreams , Saffron Dreams 29bee681 Saffron Dreams Is A Tale Of Love, Tragedy, And Redemption From The Award Winning Author Of Beyond The Cayenne Wall You Don T Know You Re A Misfit Until You Are Marked As An Outcast From The Darkest Hour Of American History Emerges A Mesmerizing Tale Of Tender Love, A Life Interrupted, And Faith Recovered Arissa Illahi, A Muslim Artist And Writer, Discovers In A Single Moment That No Matter How Carefully You Map Your Life, It Is Life Itself That Chooses Your Destiny After Her Husband S Death In The Collapse Of The World Trade Center, The Discovery Of His Manuscript Marks Arissa S Reconnection To Life Her Unborn Son And The Unfinished Novel Fuse In Her Mind Into One Life Defining Project That Becomes, At Once, The Struggle For Her Emotional Survival And The Redemption Of Her Race Saffron Dreams Is A Novel About Our Ever Evolving Identities And The Events And Places That Shape Them It Reminds Us That In The Midst Of Tragedy, Our Dreams Can Become A Lasting Legacy


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  1. says:

    Saffron Dreams by Shaila Abdullah is an eloquently written and moving story of a Muslim woman living in America, whose world is turned upside down on September 11th.Arissa Illahi is a Muslim artist and writer living in New York City with her husband Faizan Expecting their first child, they are happy with life But on the morning of September 11, 2001, Faizan would go to work in the World Trade Centerand never return Always free to live as a Muslim in America, after the attacks on the Worl Saffron Dreams by Shaila Abdullah is an eloquently written and moving story of a Muslim woman living in America, whose world is turned upside down on September 11th.Arissa Illahi is a Muslim artist and writer living in New York City with her husband Faizan Expecting their first child, they are happy with life But on the morning of September 11, 2001, Faizan would go to work in the World Trade Centerand never return Always free to live as a Muslim in America, after the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Great American Melting Pot doesn t seem to blend so well People who greeted Arissa with a smile before that fateful day, barely look at her Feeling adrift after her loss, Arissa wanders through the days awaiting the birth of her unborn son, a son Faizan would never hold The discovery of her husband s unfinished manuscript may be the key to her survival And perhaps by finishing Faizan s legacy, Arissa will redeem a race.If ever there was a bookeloquently written than Saffron Dreams , I would like to see it The words simply fly off the page and float into your consciousness their power touching you in a way like no other book might ever touch you again The struggles of being a 9 11 widow and a Muslim come together in a moving story that will find you filled with every emotion ever experienced by a human being Abdullah s masterful storytelling draws you in from the very first moment and does not release you until you ve turned the very last page Anyone who has ever loved and lost will be touched by this heartrending, yet triumphant story of one woman s difficult journey to pick up the pieces of her shattered life in a country that has suddenly put her and an entire race under a microscope in order to make sense of a monumental tragedy The descriptions and details put you right alongside Arissa so that you are totally captivated by her world, her dreams, her struggles, and her triumphs The stunning cover art must be seen up close, as it is even lovelier andstriking in your hands than what you see posted here Saffron Dreams is destined to addawards to Abdullah s portfolio This is a must read book for 2009


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    Wow, where do I start Saffron Dreams is an endearing love story, and yet so muchI fell in love with the characters I couldn t help it Shaila M Abdullah portrays their courtship in a uniquely romantic way How they express their love and desire for each other is tender, humorous, and very sensual.I enjoyed learning about Muslim culture Diversity is an extradordinary gift we have been given on Earth This book gracefully delves in to several important issues For instance, after 9 11, Wow, where do I start Saffron Dreams is an endearing love story, and yet so muchI fell in love with the characters I couldn t help it Shaila M Abdullah portrays their courtship in a uniquely romantic way How they express their love and desire for each other is tender, humorous, and very sensual.I enjoyed learning about Muslim culture Diversity is an extradordinary gift we have been given on Earth This book gracefully delves in to several important issues For instance, after 9 11, Arrisa says Don t they know that terror has no religion That religions don t treat terror And further, I looked on day after day as the media tried, sentenced and hung my faith what proof did I have of the innocence of the rest of us This book felt so real to me, I wondered if I was reading fiction, or if it was a true story Another favorite quote What would we do without our loved ones They drive us over the edge and yet bring sanity to our lives My favorite quote Go home and take a long, hard look at yourself in the mirror, You will be pleasantly surprised Our flaws are what make us unique Yours make you beautiful I m going to have my daughters read Saffron Dreams In this book they will subtly learn some life lessons that are beautifully written by Shaila M Abdullah


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    Fascinating A fictionalized story, written as a memoir Arissa is a young Pakistani American woman who loses her husband in the 9 11 tragedy Pregnant with a special needs child, she struggles to find her place in this post 9 11 world A world without her beloved husband, and a world where many people do not understand the life and faith of Muslims.Arissa s story is told first person through flashbacks and present day Her childhood in Pakistan is covered an affluent family, a loving father, a Fascinating A fictionalized story, written as a memoir Arissa is a young Pakistani American woman who loses her husband in the 9 11 tragedy Pregnant with a special needs child, she struggles to find her place in this post 9 11 world A world without her beloved husband, and a world where many people do not understand the life and faith of Muslims.Arissa s story is told first person through flashbacks and present day Her childhood in Pakistan is covered an affluent family, a loving father, an emotionally absent mother, and an arranged marriage with the man who would be her true love.After her husband s death at the World Trade Center, Arissa discovers that her unborn child will have multiple disabilities Her strength, as she moves forward with her life is remarkable and inspiring With the support of her in laws she takes on her challenges Her son is born and becomes the center of her life She discovers her husband s unfinished novel and sets out to finish it, and ensure that her husband is not forgotten.A beautifully descriptive novel full of color and flavor A fascinating tale of love and loss, tragedy and triumph, and following your dreams even when they take you on an unexpected journey


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    A beautiful story about a Muslim woman from Karachi who loses her husband in the 9 11 attacks.Arissa, married 2 years has lost her beloved husband while working a restaurant at the Trade Center The author poetically details Arissa s memories of her husband and how she attempts to deal with the grief As Arissa tries to get on with her life, she faces the accusing stares , like she was part of the cause of the attack, the enemy After receiving some life changing news she knows she must get pa A beautiful story about a Muslim woman from Karachi who loses her husband in the 9 11 attacks.Arissa, married 2 years has lost her beloved husband while working a restaurant at the Trade Center The author poetically details Arissa s memories of her husband and how she attempts to deal with the grief As Arissa tries to get on with her life, she faces the accusing stares , like she was part of the cause of the attack, the enemy After receiving some life changing news she knows she must get past the grief to move on The book is written so beautifully, at time poetic I highly recommend it, you won t be disappointed The food she talks about will also make you drool I held the book up to my ear I willed for it to bring back the laughter it had once given us I shook it, tugged at it, as if worrying it could give me back some past moments I rubbed the soft cover, now aged and wrinkled against my cheek, urging the lifeless piece to talk to me.


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    Saffron Dreams by Shaila Abdullah is an emotional journey Arissa Illahi is unexpectedly widowed in the wake of the 9 11 tragedy, while pregnant with her first child.From her Muslim beliefs, Pakistani heritage, and her new role as single mother, she is just trying to fit in as a modern American Woman She faces many challenges and overcomes many obstacles to live a normal and balanced, happy life.Shaila Abdullah pulls the reader into the mind and heart of this courageous woman, on a journey fi Saffron Dreams by Shaila Abdullah is an emotional journey Arissa Illahi is unexpectedly widowed in the wake of the 9 11 tragedy, while pregnant with her first child.From her Muslim beliefs, Pakistani heritage, and her new role as single mother, she is just trying to fit in as a modern American Woman She faces many challenges and overcomes many obstacles to live a normal and balanced, happy life.Shaila Abdullah pulls the reader into the mind and heart of this courageous woman, on a journey filled with, love, hope, warmth, sorrow and happiness


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    I really appreciated Shaila s writing It was lyrical and beautiful, something that I have come to expect from South Asian authors I loved her analogies and descriptions To me, that helped bring Arissa to life and I felt her sadness and despair at suddenly being a widow in a world that might hate her for the color of her skin.Complete review on my blog


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    Saffron dreams is a fascinating look at how events can change a life for ever This is a Muslim womens story of her life after the death of her husband in the 9 11 attacks She tells of the grief, memory, dreams, and relationships In this aengrossing story the author shows how losses can actually strengthen and provide a sense of meaning and purpose This is not a story of happy endings but of hopeful endings.This is a powerful compelling story of love and loss.


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    I have a special interest in multicultural fiction and also literature featuring families with children with special needs This book, about a Pakistani Muslim 9 11 widow, has both The characters and their relationships are never simple, and the writing is often beautiful A wonderful book


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    Arrisa Ilahi is the main character of the novel.She is a Pakistani American lady She belongs to the middle class Her mother has left her father and married to another one However,her father takes care of her and doesn t let her to feel the missing of her mother.So, he supports her until she becomes a writer and artist.After that, she gets married to a kind man Faisan and they decide to immigrate to America When they immigrate we detect that they have a happy life and everyone accepts them Arrisa Ilahi is the main character of the novel.She is a Pakistani American lady She belongs to the middle class Her mother has left her father and married to another one However,her father takes care of her and doesn t let her to feel the missing of her mother.So, he supports her until she becomes a writer and artist.After that, she gets married to a kind man Faisan and they decide to immigrate to America When they immigrate we detect that they have a happy life and everyone accepts them In a flash, everything starts falling apart after the terrorist attacks of september 11 This tragedy is the beginnig of her struggles Her life is taking a downfall She starts suffring from many things, such as, the suffer of losing her husband in the destruction of the 2 towers His death affects her so bad because losing someone who s very close is not an easy thing Things goes from bad to worse when she discovers that she is pregnant and his unborn child will have multiple disabilities.Above that,she suffers from the society ,people who accept her start to reject and blame her Although, she lost her husband in the collapse, they treated her as if she is responsible for this catastrophe Despite all these difficulties, she does not give up , she decides to move on and take numerous difficult decisions First of all, she decides to stay in USA instead of leaving the country to cure her child So, she takes off her veil Hejab in order to find a job However, she keeps her religion, traditions and culture She feels guilty and uncomfortable but she has forced she is trying to coexist with the society which rejects to support and understand the life and faith of muslims After a certain amount of time, she moves to a new city , starts a new job, raises a child with multiple disabilities She manages to make the socity accepting her.Basically, Arrisa Ilahi is a strong woman She does not play the victim and make herself look pitiful She stands and deals with her difficulties and bad situations In the end, she reflects that humans are the same, they are sharing one feelings and passion, and as there are bad people, there are also good people She is ready to accept any changes


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    Arissa is born in an affluent family in Pakistan She moves to New York when she marries Faizan who works in a restaurant in the World Trade Center Arissa is very happy with her life, her husband and their future prospects Also, she is 2 months pregnant On 11th September 2001, with the attack on the world Trade Center, her whole world came crashing down along with the towers Faizan is dead and the last rituals are performed without a body, her baby is deformed in her womb and will probably n Arissa is born in an affluent family in Pakistan She moves to New York when she marries Faizan who works in a restaurant in the World Trade Center Arissa is very happy with her life, her husband and their future prospects Also, she is 2 months pregnant On 11th September 2001, with the attack on the world Trade Center, her whole world came crashing down along with the towers Faizan is dead and the last rituals are performed without a body, her baby is deformed in her womb and will probably never live a full life Arissa s friends and in laws help her move on But she is alone and scared, scared of living her life without a companion and scared to raise a child with disabilities.As Arissa is managing to live life each day, she is confronted with another dilemma, her religion After 9 11, the way Muslims were viewed changed drastically The horror of Terrorism reached people who never thought something like this would happen to them The targets were the innocent Muslims As Arissa tells someone, When you put all your potatoes in a sack, you should know they all have unique flavors Some are rotten, some fresh Just because they are clumped together doesn t make then all the same They are not my people, but I don t think you are smart enough to figure that out Saffron Dreams is a journey of a young widow away from her homeland and in a country she has adopted It s a delicate subject and a book that handles a lot of sensitive issues without wanting to create a sensation The writing was so raw and honest that I could feel Arissa s pain seeping through the pages.I did struggle through this book as I found it a little difficult to read, I even had tears in my eyes a couple of times, but the author s simplistic and crisp writing style and Arissa s struggle to find some hope in her chaotic life kept me reading and rooting for her In the end, this book is not about 9 11, her husbands death, her child s disabilities or even her religion It s about what binds us together even though we are from different homelands and different cultural backgrounds, which I believe is the crux of this book Though not easy, it s definitely something that deserves to be read.Here are some of my favorite passages Why was there no fear in my heart Probably because there was noroom in my heart for terror When horror comes face to face with you and causes a loved one s death, fear leaves your heart In it s place, merciful God places pain Throbbing, pulsating, oozing pus, a wound that stays fresh and raw no matter how carefully you treat it How can you be afraid when you have no one to be fearful for The safety of your loved ones is what breads fear in your heart They are the weak links in your life Unraveled from them, you are fearless You can dangle by a thread, hang from the rooftop Bungee jump, skydive, walk a pole, hold your hand over the flame of a candle Burnt, scalded, crashed, lost, dead, the only loss would be to your own self Certain things you are not allowed to say or do Defiant as I am, I say and do them anyway.How do you end a story that s not yours Add another sentence where there is a pause Infiltrate the story with a comma when really there should have been a period Punctuate with an exclamation point where a period would have sufficed What if you kill something breathing and breathe into something the author wanted to eliminate How do you get inside the mind of a person who isn t there Fill the shoes of someone who will never fill his own Rating 4.5 stars rounded to 5Originally posted at


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