The Way Things Look to Me

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Pan Books, 2009 - Brothers and sisters - 340 pages
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At 23, Asif is less than he wanted to be. His mother’s sudden death forced him back home to look after his youngest sister, Yasmin, and he leads a frustrating life, ruled by her exacting need for routine. Everyone tells Asif that he’s a good boy, but he isn’t so sure. Lila has escaped from home, abandoning Asif to be the sole carer of their difficult sister. Damaged by a childhood of uneven treatment, as Yasmin’s needs always came first, she leads a wayward existence, drifting between jobs and men, obsessed with her looks and certain that her value is only skin deep. And then there is Yasmin, who has no idea of the resentment she has caused. Who sees music in colour and remembers so much that sometimes her head hurts. Who doesn’t feel happy, but who knows that she is special. Who has a devastating plan. THE WAY THINGS LOOK TO ME is an affecting, comically tender portrayal of a family in crisis, caught between duty and love in a tangled relationship both bitter and bittersweet.

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User Review  - bakersfieldbarbara - LibraryThing

I grabbed this book on the way out of the library, and what a wonderful compulsive move that was. I read this book in one sitting, staying up until early morning to finish it. Reading about Asperger's ... Read full review

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User Review  - coolmama - LibraryThing

What a great read. Roopa Farooki creates this little bubble of a world, and I was totally drawn into it. Asif (23), Yasmin(18) and Lila(22) Murphy are orphans and live in London. Since their mother ... Read full review

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