The Harem (Paperback)

By Safia Fazlul

Tsar Publications, 9781894770989, 180pp.

Publication Date: October 15, 2012

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Fiction. Asian American Studies. How far would you go to be free?

Humorous, though tinged with a sense of the tragic, at times risque, and utterly contemporary, THE HAREM, is a fast-paced novel about young Asian women and their quest for freedom.

Farina has only one dream: to be free and move away from Peckville, a Muslim ghetto in a large city. She is eager to escape the clutches of her strict parents who will not let her drink, party or have any kind of contact with males. As soon as she turns eighteen, she sets her dream in motion and gets her own apartment. The only problem is that her minimum-wage job leaves her feeling anything but liberated. How can she resist when her ambitious best friend Sabrina proposes an infallible business idea? How harmful can running as escort agency really be? Will she finally be freed by her increasing wealth and independence, or will she remain enslaved by her increasing guilt?

About the Author

Safia Fazlul of Bangladeshi background, was raised in Scandinavia and now lives in Toronto, where she attends the University of Toronto. When she was eighteen she found work as a "phone girl" for a high-end escort agency, an experience that inspired The Harem.