Spanning two continents, Black Wings is the story of Laila and Yasmeen, a mother and daughter, struggling to meet across the generations, cultures, and secrets that separate them. Their shared grief, as well as the common bond of unhappiness in their marriages, allows them to reconnect after seventeen years of frustration, anger and misunderstandings.
PRAISE FOR BLACK WINGS
Black Wings peels back layers of home and belonging, exploring what it means to be family from different worlds bound by shared secrets. Sehba Sarwar reveals the importance of stories, masterfully weaving the past with the present and Houston with Pakistan, in a narrative filled with love which offers us a glimpse into our shared—humanity.—Sorayya Khan, author of City of Spies
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sehba Sarwar creates essays, stories, poems, and art that tackle displacement, migration, and women’s issues. Her writings have appeared in publications including New York Times Sunday Magazine, Asia: Magazine of Asian Literature, Callaloo and elsewhere. Her novel, Black Wings, was first published in 2004 by Alhamra Publishing (Pakistan). Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan in a home filled with artists and activists, Sarwar is currently based in Southern California where she lives with her husband and daughter.
To learn more about Sehba Sarwar and her work, please visit her website sehbasarwar.com
Cover drawings by Minal Saldivar
Collage design by Oskar Sonnen