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August Book Club Meeting: The Widows of Malabar Hill

July 05, 2019

Please join us for our next book club meeting on Wednesday, August 7, from 12:00 – 1:00, in the Rare Book Room (T-253).  Our book selection is The Widows of Malabar Hill, by Sujata Massey.

Inspired in part by the woman who made history as India’s first female attorney, The Widows of Malabar Hill is a richly wrought story of multicultural 1920s Bombay as well as the debut of a sharp new sleuth.

Widows of Malabar Hill Cover

Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father’s law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. 

Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen examines the paperwork, she notices something strange: all three of the wives have signed over their full inheritance to a charity. What will they live on? The Farid widows live in full purdah—in strict seclusion, never leaving the women’s quarters or speaking to any men. Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? 

Please bring your lunch and join the discussion. We look forward to seeing you there!