The Hour Past Midnight
Distributed for Zubaan Books
The Hour Past Midnight is a rare glimpse into the lives of Muslim women in traditionalist South Indian families. Salma gives us Rabia who is caught sneaking off to see a movie with friends and is beaten into submission by her mother, Zohra. There is Firdaus, a beautiful girl of marriageable age, who on her wedding night turns to the wealthy groom selected for her and says, “I’m not going to live with you; don’t touch me!” Salma weaves together the stories of Rabia, Zohra, and Firdaus, who all live in a world dominated by men, achingly portraying their rebellions, compromises, friendships, falling apart, and coming back together. In this lyrical and powerful novel, we get an honest—sometimes uplifting, sometimes heartbreaking—account of the lives of Muslim women in rural Tamil Nadu.