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A few years ago a book came along called A Case of Exploding Mangoes by and the title alone made me want to read it. I discovered a wildly entertaining novel about the mystery of the downing of an airplane which just happened to be carrying Pakistan's military dictator General Zia ul Haq. If you haven't read that one you really should treat yourself.
Now Our Lady of Alice Bhatti and it sounds like it's equally subversive and funny. The patients of the Sacred Heart Hospital for All Ailments need a miracle, and Alice Bhatti may be just what they're looking for. She's the new junior nurse, but that's the only thing ordinary about her. Her father is a part-time healer in the French Colony, Karachi's Christian slum--and it seems she has inherited his part-time gift. With a bit of begrudging but inspired improvisation, Alice brings succour to the patients lining the hospital's corridors. Yet, a Christian in an Islamic world, she is ensnared in the red tape of hospital bureaucracy, trapped by the caste system, and torn between her duty to her patients, her father, and her husband--an apprentice to the nefarious "Gentlemen's Squad" of the police, and about to plunge them both into a situation so dangerous that perhaps not even a miracle can save them. But, of course, Alice Bhatti is no ordinary nurse...is back with
Pick up Our Lady of Alice Bhatti, perfect for your next trip to the lake.
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