Lantzville, B.C.: Oolichan Books, 2000.
Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)
Shahnaz, which means “beloved of the Emperor,” is the name given to the novel’s protagonist by a family that honours a distant Persian past. The novel opens on the day Shahnaz and her new husband, Shahrukh, depart for the United States, where both plan to do graduate work. For Shahrukh, this sojourn is merely an interlude before he resumes his life of power and privilege in Bombay. For Shahnaz, however, this journey begins as an escape from her mother’s madness, which has terrorized and shaped her childhood, and plunges her into a future brimming with the possibilities of a new and exciting world.