Can you ever escape your parents? Roopa Farooki explores in The Good Children

Book Reviews, Book Thoughts


Sulaman, Jackie, Mia and Lana are brought up by a domineering mother and retreating father in Lahore, India. They escape through careers and marriage, each of them defying the strictures of their family and society – but find they are unable to leave the past totally behind. We follow the family through to their children in a journey of trying to move on, which proves harder than it seems.

I think this is probably one of the books my mother would annoyingly tell me I am too young for. And possibly after a week or so of sulking, internally protesting my maturity and thus proving it’s absence, I might agree.