Title: Little Maryam
Author: Hamid Baig
Genre: Fiction / General Fiction
First published: 2018
Edition: Paperback published by Notion Press
First of all, I cried like a baby at the end of this book. The author poured a lot of love and emotion into this book and I could really feel that throughout.
The first part is Saadiq Haider telling a journalist about his childhood in India and the girl that was under his protection, Maryam. The second part is about them reconnecting. Their relationship is the pillar that the book is built around, but it is also what makes it feel not quite real to me. A few of the events in this narrative are either too convenient or downright unbelievable. I kept questioning myself whether that mattered, as I was enjoying the story quite a bit. I came to the conclusion that it does not always matter whether a story is realistic. If it entertains and gives you lots of feels, it’s a tale well told.
In the end, I simply wish I connected with Maryam a little more. I was never quite sure whether she was worthy of Saadiq’s fervent love, though he is no angel by any stretch. Sure, some of the tropes were a bit cheesy, but in the end I can forgive that because the overall quality of the writing is excellent and I love the way the author was able to convey emotion.
5 out of 7 stars