Beneath My Mother's Feet (Paperback)
|Author: Amjed Qamar|
|Fourteen-year-old Nazia is an average Pakistani girl--until her father is injured and cannot work. Nazia is forced to drop out of school to become a maid. This shameful choice could be detrimental to her future, and she finds herself growing up much too quickly.|
From the Publisher:
"Our lives will always be in the hands of our mothers, whether we like it or not."
Nazia doesn't mind when her friends tease and call her a good beti, a dutiful daughter. Growing up in a working-class family in Karachi, Pakistan, Nazia knows that obedience is the least she can give to her mother, who has spent years saving and preparing for her dowry. But every daughter must grow up, and for fourteen-year-old Nazia that day arrives suddenly when her father gets into an accident at work, and her family finds themselves without money for rent or food.
Being the beti that she is, Nazia drops out of school to help her mother clean houses, all the while wondering when she managed to lose control of her life that had been full of friends and school. Working as a maid is a shameful obligation that could be detrimental to her future -- after all, no one wants a housekeeper for a daughter-in-law. As Nazia finds herself growing up much too quickly, the lessons of hardship that seem unbearable turn out to be a lot more liberating than she ever imagined.
An intense coming-of-age story set in Karachi, Pakistan, BENEATH MY MOTHER'S FEET follows 14-year-old Nazia's life as it changes from an ordinary existence of school and the prospect of an arranged marriage to one of hardship and difficult life lessons. When her father is hurt, she must quit school and secretly become a maid, as no one will want to marry her if the truth is known. As her family life gets harder and harder, Nazia discovers hidden reserves of power she never knew she had.