Anita Rose lives in one of Karachi's biggest slums, languishing in poverty but aware that a larger destiny awaits her. Monty, whose father owns half of Karachi, realizes that his privileged life will never be the same again when the enigmatic and rebellious Layla joins his school. And far away in Portsmouth, Sunny fits in nowhere, drifting without a purpose-until he meets his charismatic, suntanned cousin Oz whose smile makes Sunny feel found.
These three disparate lives will cross paths in the middle of a desert, a place where life and death walk hand-in-hand, and where their closely guarded secrets will force them to make a terrible choice.
Fatima Bhutto was born in Kabul. She is the author of a book of poetry, three works of non-fiction, including her bestselling memoir Songs of Blood and Sword, and two immensely acclaimed novels: The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, which was longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, and more recently, The Runaways.
Fatima Bhutto was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1982. She grew up in Syria and Pakistan. She is the author of four previous books, most recently the highly acclaimed The Shadow of the Crescent Moon which was longlisted in 2014 for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction.