Our Lady of Alice Bhatti

Our Lady of Alice Bhatti

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From the author of the universally acclaimed debut novel A Case of Exploding Mangoes : a subversive, often shockingly funny new novel set in steaming Karachi, about second chances, thwarted ambitions, and love in the most unlikely places.
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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...
Publisher: Toronto : Bond Street Books, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780385677271
Branch Call Number: HAN
Characteristics: 239 pages ; 24 cm

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SquamishLibraryStaff Mar 21, 2017

A dark comedy set in Karachi, Pakistan. Follow Alice Bhatti, ex Borstal prison inmate, junior nurse and miracle worker as she tries to do her job in the face of religious and cultural stereotypes and in a culture steeped in misogyny. This novel is a real wild ride full of flawed characters who end up in crazy situations beyond their control.

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sa68
Sep 12, 2014

Entertaining throughout, but only after completing it do you realize you've been hit. And hit hard.

RenGrrl Oct 29, 2012

Another great read from Hanif!

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beanieboy
Aug 15, 2012

Another wonderful book by Mohammed Hanif. Howver, I find his other book, The Case of the Exploding Mangoes much better.

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