So the experiment truly beings! My first novel ”Puppets Can’t Pray: Part 1.”, is now available to buy via Amazon Kindle service and other formats from Smashwords.”Puppets Can’t Pray” refers specifically to the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice. The novel is set in Britain and covers the day of Eid al-Adha, as experienced by a deeply troubled British Bengali family.
The family in the story are dominated by an authoritarian father whose compulsion to control his wife and children has, over the years, damaged them psychologically. The children are now grown up but continue to live in extremely cramped and difficult conditions with their parents. The father cannot understand why his children have matured into such failures and pushed by unbearable financial and social pressures, which peak on Eid al-Adha, he seeks to change the spiralling decline of his family.
The major character of the novel is the eldest son of the family who, having carried his parents’ hopes, is now well into his twenties without a career and wholly dependent on his parents. He suffers from social anxiety which makes even his work in a shop a torture. Through his eyes and his siblings’, most of whom also suffer from some degree of anxiety, the novel examines the devastating effects of tyrannical patriarchy, as isolated and propped up by Islam, Bengali tradition and British society.
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The official press release for Puppets Can’t Pray: Part 1, is available here.