Seamlessly blending history with myth, HOUSE OF GLASS HEARTS follows a Pakistani-American teen's ruthless quest to find her missing sibling, even if the truth would reveal her grandfather's devastating secret and tear her family apart. In a narrative that switches between colonial India and present-day America, this ambitious debut explores how the horrors of the past continue to shape the lives of South Asians around the world.
Paperback, 273 pages
Published: September 30, 2021
by Yali Books
I was attracted to this book because of the Pakistani setting. My son lived there for 4 years and it's where his wife was born.
Told from 2 different POVs it alternated between the present and the past, 1947 to be exact. It was the backstory that grabbed my attention, while I knew 1947 was when the British left India to their own devices I didn't know about the bloodshed that ensued. This lead to many discussions with my son and googling lots. I love it when a book does that.
For me this book got off to a slow start. While I am familiar with the odd Urdu word I found myself looking up the meaning of words and other times I would guess. Hopefully the finished book will have a glossary. I also felt that I needed to know some of the history before hand. The last half kept me captivated in colonial India, more of that would have been nice and a little less of the present day story.
My thanks to Yali Books for a print ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book has released and available for purchase now in various formats.