Haveli by Suzanne Fisher Staples.
Borzoi Book/Alfred A. Knopf: NY, 1993.

In this sequel to Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind, Shabanu is married and raising her young daughter, Mumtaz. As the youngest and most favored wife of an elderly clan leader in Pakistan, Shabanu fears for her daughter's future when her husband can no longer protect them from the jealousy of the other relatives.

Zabo, a young woman of the clan, is being forced to wed Rahim's (Shabanu's husband) son. When Zabo balks at the idea, Shabanu conspires with Zabo to leave the clan and hide with her family in the Cholistan Desert. Not only is it the best chance for her daughter's safety, they will also be able to live a freer, happier life.

The book is as good as Shabanu, which is a Newbery Honor book, maybe even more complex. Both deal with the theme of arranged, unwanted marriages. Shabanu is a strong character in both. Independent spirit that she is, she has found an acceptable way for herself, but plans for better for her daughter's sake. It is interesting that she has retained her strength despite the life forced on her, and even more, that she is helping Zabo to avoid a fate worse than hers.

related-Pakistan, gender roles, arranged marriages, family feud, coming of age, independence

*There is now a 3rd book also: The House of Djinn

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