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The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto. Photo: PA Photo/Viking

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto. Photo: PA Photo/Viking

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The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto

Set in a small town in Pakistan’s tribal regions, close to the Afghan border, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon follows three brothers over the course of one morning.

Aman Erum, who has recently returned from the US, takes a taxi to a local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor struggling to cope with his grief-stricken wife’s behaviour, heads to the hospital. Hayat, the youngest and an idealist, meets up with Samarra, a fragile young woman.

This is a fast-paced story of love and loss, betrayal and conflict and hope and helplessness.