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Our Lady of Alice Bhatti
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The patients of the Sacred Heart Hospital need a miracle. Alice Bhatti may be just what they're looking for. She's just been released from the Borstal Jail. She's the daughter of a part-time healer, and it seems she has inherited his gift. With a bit of begrudging but inspired improvisation, Alice begins to bring succor to the patients. But all is not miraculous. Alice is a Christian in an Islamic world, ensnared in the red tape of hospital bureaucracy, torn between her duty to her patients, her father and her husband - who is about to drag drag Alice into a situation so dangerous that perhaps not even a miracle will be able to save them. But, of course, Alice Bhatti is no ordinary young woman...

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5/29/2012
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Mohammed Hanif. (2012). Our Lady of Alice Bhatti. Unabridged Dreamscape Media, LLC.

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Mohammed Hanif. 2012. Our Lady of Alice Bhatti. Dreamscape Media, LLC.

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Mohammed Hanif, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti. Dreamscape Media, LLC, 2012.

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Mohammed Hanif. Our Lady of Alice Bhatti. Unabridged Dreamscape Media, LLC, 2012.

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        Mohammed Hanif was born in Pakistan. After leaving the Pakistan Air Force Academy to pursue a career in journalism, he worked for Newsline, India Today, and The Washington Post. He has written plays for the stage and screen, including a critically acclaimed BBC drama and the feature film The Long Night. Hanif is a graduate of University of East Anglia's creative writing programme. He is currently head of BBC's Urdu Service and lives in London.

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      • source: Robin Yassin-Kassab, Guardian
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      • content: Nimra Bucha's narration keeps pace with this unusual story of a Christian nurse in an Islamic hospital. Bucha's precision includes careful enunciation and steady emphasis. Her ironic tone fits the novel, which swings from sardonic humor to hints of what's to come. Bucha's generic South Asian accent doesn't distract from the dialogue or description. While her unvaried pace can be dull on the ear if listened to for long stretches, she moves from male to female characters capably and captures both the comic overtones and serious undertones of the novel. M.R. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine
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        March 19, 2012
        Absurdity and chaos reign in rising Pakistani author Hanif’s rowdy fusion of social commentary and curiously bloody love story. Being female, Catholic, and untouchable makes nurse Alice Bhatti a minority three times over in Pakistan, where “most of life’s arguments settled by doing various things to a woman’s body.” Impudent, headstrong, and possibly gifted with her father’s healing touch, Alice has risen out of the Christian slum, no small feat when most Catholic untouchables are sweepers. At the Sacred Heart Hospital for All Ailments, Alice punishes those who would harm her, wielding a razor with the same nonchalance that the doctors wield stethoscopes; she dispatches one would-be rapist with blood-splattering ease. The perpetrators are often those who “wouldn’t drink from a tap that she has touched have no problem casually poking their elbows into her breast.” Her violence attracts Teddy Butt, a weightlifter and underling in the Karachi police, and soon Alice must navigate the surprising parameters of an inter-religious and inter-caste marriage. In this amusing novel, Hanif (A Case of Exploding Mangoes) renders the intricacies and limitations of Pakistan’s lowest rungs with humor and candor, allowing as little pity for his characters as they allow themselves. Agent: Clare Alexander, Aitken Alexander Associates.

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