Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Book Review: 'I Can't Think Straight' by Shamim Sarif

British author Shamim Sarif is also a film director and screenwriter and speaker – she has spoken at TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) events worldwide, at the INK (platform for the exchange of cutting-edge ideas and inspiring stories) Conference in India and DLD (Digital Life Design) in Munich. Her corporate speaking events have included Deloitte, Goldman Sachs and Citibank in London and Viacom in New York. Now Shamin is re-issuing her novels to a new appreciative audience.

Shamin’s writing style reflects her cinematic experiences – the characters are sharply painted and fully fleshed out and their interrelationships are instantly credible.

The PR synopsis is difficult to improve – ‘Tala, a Palestinian living in London, is preparing for her elaborate Middle Eastern wedding when she meets Leyla, a young British Indian woman who is dating her best friend. The spirited Christian, Tala, and the shy Muslim, Leyla, could not be more different, but their attraction is immediate and goes deeper than friendship. But Tala is not ready to accept the implications of the choice her heart has made for her and escapes back to Jordan, while Leyla tries to move on with her new-found identity as a lesbian – much to the dismay of her traditional parents. As Tala’s wedding day approaches, simmering tensions come t a boiling point, and the pressure mounts for Tala to finally accept her true self.’

Conflicts and frictions abound – the clash between the East and the West, love and marriage, tradition and self-acceptance mold a tender story of unexpected love and newfound freedom.

Shamin Sharif is a gifted artist and a sensitive humanitarian who is able to place the surprises the world exposes in context – all with humor and with erotica and superb storytelling. Grady Harp, April 17
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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