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Under the Tamarind Tree    by Nigar Alam order for
Under the Tamarind Tree
by Nigar Alam
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Putnam, 2023 (2023)
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* * *   Reviewed by Barbara Lingens

Pakistan, at the time of its partition from India, was a scary place, especially for children. Many families fled there for their lives. This story takes place in a neighborhood where people from different walks of life had come to make a new life.

Over time, the young people from four families bonded. Best friends became loyal ones. And then tragedy struck. Four who truly love each other come together one last time and make a decision that will forever change their lives. This is a heartbreakingly beautiful story, and I can actually see it as a movie.

The author has done well to provide the background and the cultural and social forces that were such a strong part of those lives. The story unfolds in a dual time period. First, in 1964, we learn about everyone's lives and hopes and dreams. Then in 2019 we find out what became of them. Sometimes there is some confusion as to who is being referred to, but this does not mar the flow of the story.

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