Advance reader reviews of The Sweetness of Tears by Nafisa Haji.

The Sweetness of Tears

A Novel

By Nafisa Haji

The Sweetness of Tears
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  • Published in USA  May 2011,
    320 pages.

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  • Celia A. (Takoma Park, MD)


    Realistic struggles with faith and doubt
    I enjoyed reading this take on the many ways that religion affects our lives and the ways we often struggle with faith and doubt. My one complaint is that there were too many narrators. I had trouble keeping the different voices separate.
  • Julie H. (Pine Grove, PA)


    The Sweetness of Tears
    Overall, this was a very interesting, beautifully written book. The story was compelling and the cultural perspective was very interesting. The reason for 4 stars instead of 5-- the frequent shifting of 'voice' was at times disruptive to the flow of the story. It was necessary to pause and re-think the family relationships too often. However, even with the flaws, it is a book that I was glad to have read and which I would recommend to friends.
  • Kate S. (arvada, CO)


    Two completely different books
    I felt like I was reading two different writing styles within one cover of a book.The chapters with the voice of Sadiq and Deena; with much of their story taking place in Pakistan were delightful! Those chapters were well written, descriptive, and I loved them. The title "The Sweetness of Tears" was perfect for them. Sadly, much of the rest of the book was just average writing that brought the whole reading experience to a disappointing letdown. I think the author has true talent that we only saw glimpses of in this book.
  • Julie G. (West Hartford, CT)


    The Sweetness of Tears
    I found The Sweetness of Tears to be a thoroughly engrossing book. The book is told from the viewpoints of different characters in the story, and although occasionally I had to remind myself whose story I was reading, I found them all to be compelling and very real. While the author tackles a number of different topics: politics, war, family, religion and friendship, by the end she succeeds in tying everything together in both a thought provoking and thoroughly satisfying way.
  • Adelia S. (Livingston, MT)


    The Sweetness of Tears
    A wonderful book! A blending of two different worlds--Christian and Muslim. It is just a lovely story. I will recommend it to my book club.
  • Iris F. (Delray Beach, FL)


    tHE SWEETNESS OF TEARS
    When brown-eyed Jo March discovers that it is genetically impossible for her blue-eyed parents to have produced her and her twin brother, she seeks answers to her true parentage. Thus unfolds a multi-generational and multi-cultural story which is told in the voice of many people and in so doing unfolds layer by layer in a most enjoyable way. In addition to a captivating story, I enjoyed reading about the culture of Pakistan which is central to this book. I was totally engrossed in the story, but was very disappointed when the author conjured up two far fetched coincidences with regards to the Iraqi war. While I share her views on the subject of the war, it was not relevant to the story. Those views could be better served in another book, should she choose to write it. I would hope that these "coincidences" could be handled in the editing. It is for this reason that I rate this book a 4 rather than a 5.
  • Beth M. (Scarsdale, NY)


    Sweet but not very compelling
    I really wanted to like this book because I loved her first novel, "The writing on my forehead". I many ways the themes of both books are similar. Both deal with family lies, ties that bind, cultural differences and prejudices and love. My problems with the book were the predictability of the story and the lack of complex depth to the characters. This author clearly has a message to deliver--"don't judge a book by it's cover", but she ends up sacrificing her story (which could have been very interesting) to fit the pieces together.
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