Very good stories. Very same feel. Though these books have different plots, there are threads which hold them together. Akhtar’s novel is about how a young Pakistani boy grows up in an American city with his immigrant parents and is introduced to the beauty of the Koran by a family friend. Umrigar’s story takes place in both the States and India, focusing on the wishes of a dying woman who wants to see her best friends from Bombay one last time. What is the link? Both deal, one more than the other, with hardships which involve controlled marriages and cancer. There is also a strong emphasis on relationships, whether they are between friends or family. Each author does a great job in teaching us valuable lessons as well. Two books written beautifully with somber issues, yet leave us hopeful in the end. If you haven’t read them already, you should pick up a copy of both soon!