But her father's Chinatown haunts are out of bounds and the airy rooms of their home are filled with her mother's uncontrollable rages — rages against which Fay rebels as she grows into a headstrong woman.
As she tries to escape the restraints of her privileged upbringing, Fay's eyes are opened to a Jamaica she was never meant to see. And when her mother decides that she must marry the racketeer Yang Pao, she finds herself on a journey that will lead to sacrifice and betrayal.
With grace, authenticity and humour , Young lets Jamaica's political history shine through the life story of her charming yet fallible hero. Born to a French mother and brought up by a tyrannical Afghan father, Nila flees her oppressive life in Kabul with her adopted daughter, leaving behind a dying husband who is a repressed homosexual in love with his chauffeur. Even a life of binge drinking, sexual promiscuity and writing erotically charged poems cannot save Nila from herself. After misleading Pari about her parentage all her life, Nila leaves a hint of the truth in an interview she gives to a poetry journal days before she kills herself.
A counterpoint to the excesses of this domestic drama is the story of a Greek man who renounces a successful career as a plastic surgeon in Athens to devote his energies to fixing the humanitarian mess made by the US and its allies in Afghanistan. Along the course of this meandering tale, whose ultimate destiny is the reunion of the parted siblings, several lives are ruined by choices made or not made, tough decisions are taken under duress, and epiphanies are experienced, often as cheesy one-liners.
Although engaging, even in its episodic quality, the hydra-headed plot may leave the reader perplexed, if not impatient, from time to time. In another endless and sluggish section, two Afghan boys try to forge a friendship, only to discover how their fates have been poisoned by feuds between their forefathers.
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