Monday, January 5, 2015

A Sister to Honor

Idgie Says: 
A shout out for an important book that shoves the brutality that happens to women in other countries (and in our own).  Please note that there are some interesting links below to tell more about the story.


Women's advocacy groups estimate that at least 20,000 women are killed every year in the name of family honor.

17 year old Malala Yousafzai, this year’s Nobel Peace Prize recipient, is outspoken about the inequities that often occur within male dominated cultures—especially in the Middle East.  And thanks to such strong, enduring women—the world is taking notice and becoming more educated. 
In her upcoming novel, A SISTER TO HONOR (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; January 6, 2015; 978-0425276402), Lucy Ferriss sets out to provide a relatable platform from which to view the very real occurrence of honor kills in such oppressed and often misunderstood cultures.

When a young woman from a traditional family in Pakistan attends college in New England and falls in love with an American student, the very basis of her family’s belief structure is challenged.  In the tradition of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, A SISTER TO HONOR brilliantly illustrates the contrasts between cultures with unique perspective and empathy.

Please take a look at Lucy’s compelling “Behind the Book” feature, as well as the advance praise for A SISTER TO HONOR, and her short story entitled, “Picking Mulberries”—which elaborates on her very unique personal experience on a research trip to Peshawar, Pakistan. 

About the Author:
Born in St. Louis, Lucy Ferriss has lived on both coasts, in the middle of the country, and abroad. She is the author of nine books, most recently the novel The Lost Daughter, which was published by Berkley in February 2012.  She has two sons and lives in Connecticut, where she is Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College.  For more information please visit