Bone and Bread
In Bone and Bread, a women struggles to come to terms with the death of her sister, a tragedy that leaves her with an unsettling sense of guilt and forces her to examine her past. Beena and her sister Sadhana were orphaned as teens and raised in Montreal's Hasidic community by their traditional Sikh uncle, where they struggled to understand their cultural heritage and faced intense personal struggles. Beena's search for answers reopens old wounds and disrupts the quiet life she has painstakingly built for herself and her son.
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If you listen, you can almost hear the sound of my son's heart breaking. In the backyard, under the drone of the lawnmower, there's a dull clanking, a sick rasp of metal like iron on bone, the chafing of something serrated. It could be a fallen branch from the lilac bush or a stray rock caught against the blade, but from where I sit looking out the kitchen window, the muted noise of the mowing comes through like a throbbing ache.
From Bone and Bread by Saleema Nawaz ©2013. Published by House of Anansi Press.