|aTwelve-year-old Amal's dream of becoming a teacher is dashed in an instant when she accidentally insults a member of her Pakistani village's ruling family and is forced to work at their estate. Navigating the rules of life as a servant gets even more complicated when the family matriarch seems to make a favorite of Amal, causing friction and jealousy among her fellow servants. More troubling, though, is Amal's increasing awareness of the deadly measures the Khan family will resort to in order to protect their interests, and her growing realization that she will have to find a way to work with the others if they are ever going to break the system that oppresses them.
★ 本書中譯版《阿曼的希望》由小天下出版 A New York Times Bestseller Amal has big dreams, until a nightmarish encounter . . . Twelve-year-old Amal's dream of becoming a teacher one day is dashed in an instant when she accidentally insults a member of her Pakistani village's ruling family. As punishment for her behavior, she is forced to leave her heartbroken family behind and go work at their estate. Amal is distraught but has faced setbacks before. So she summons her courage and begins navigating the complex rules of life as a servant, with all its attendant jealousies and pecking-order woes. Most troubling, though, is Amal's increasing awareness of the deadly measures the Khan family will go to in order to stay in control. It's clear that their hold over her village will never loosen as long as everyone is too afraid to challenge them--so if Amal is to have any chance of ensuring her loved ones' safety and winning back her freedom, she must find a way to work with the other servants to make it happen.