The Shadow of the Crescent Moon
Winner of the prix de la Romanciere
Set over the course of one morning in a small town in Pakistan's tribal regions, close to the border with Afghanistan, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is the story of three brothers living through a world on fire. Two women - the beautiful Samarra and the unsettling Mina are at the heart of the novel and through them we see a story of love, of loss, and how the backdrop of continuous war forces the individual to make terrible choices, to choose hope over love, the future over the present.
Devastatingly moving, fast-paced and a deeply resonant novel that goes to the heart of our times, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is an extraordinary debut work of fiction and marks the beginning of a terrific career for this young novelist.
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[An] elegant first novel . . . Bhutto writes of an extraordinary place where beauty lives alongside brutality, with superb poise and a kind of defiant lyricism.The Times
Bhutto’s characters and story are compelling and richly drawn.Publishers Weekly
This engrossing novel depicts a town consumed by a war it began but can no longer control.Sam Sacks
Wall Street Journal
It’s clear that there is an ambitious literary mind at work in The Shadow of the Crescent Moon. This is no cookie-cutter thriller by a spoiled jet setter. [Bhutto’s] talent is evident, even exciting. If she has the requisite single-mindedness, she could well turn out to be one of Nabokov’s enchanters.Lorraine Adams
New York Times Book Review