Friday March 11, 2016

An obedient daughter talks back in 'Sarah' graphic novel

"Sarah: The Suppressed Anger of the Pakistani Obedient Daughter" is Ayesha Tariq's graphic novel about eye-rolling teenage girls in Pakistan

"Sarah: The Suppressed Anger of the Pakistani Obedient Daughter" is Ayesha Tariq's graphic novel about eye-rolling teenage girls in Pakistan (Ayesha Tariq)

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Sarah is forever cooking and cleaning in her family's cramped apartment. The 17 year old is under constant pressure to protect her figure and her reputation, while remaining on the lookout for potential husbands.

The men in her life include a brother who can do no wrong and an uncle who sometimes gets too close for comfort.

Writer-illustrator Ayesha Tariq tells Sarah's story in the irreverent new graphic novel Sarah: The Suppressed Anger of the Pakistani Obedient Daughter

She joins Shad to discuss a story that is both specific and relatable, the eye-rolling teenage girls of Pakistan, and how improv helped her find a way to cleverly challenge authority.

WEB EXTRA | See a sample of Tariq's illustrations, posted with permission from the artist, below. 

Ayesha Tariq

Ayesha Tariq says her new graphic novel, Sarah, is inspired by several real stories. Including her own. (Ayesha Tariq)


Ayesha Tariq

Having the same parents doesn't mean you have the same upbringing. (Ayesha Tariq)


Ayesha Tariq

Family rules can be perplexing, but Ayesha Tariq tries to break it down. (Ayesha Tariq)


Ayesha Tariq

Ayesha Tariq says that improv has helped her find creative ways to respectfully challenge authority. (Ayesha Tariq)