Paperback | ISBN 9789387693326 | 240 pp | April 2018)
Sharmeen’s life is disrupted when, after an unexpected tragedy, she moves into her Nani’s rambling ancestral bungalow with her family. She hates this new life: her mother, Aliya, and Nani fight constantly; her new schoolmates bully her; and the family retainer, her loving Aziz Bhai, suddenly becomes dominating. The only place where Sharmeen finds solace is the world of Nani’s fantastical stories: tales of Jinn, shapeshifters and other dastardly creatures. But slowly, unseen forces that had lain dormant for centuries start to awaken. Sharmeen meets her own personal Jinn, the prankster Jugnu, who reveals her family’s history, a pact one of her ancestors made with the Jinn-world, and also some not-so-good news—and Sharmeen realizes that it is up to her to rescue the adults in her life…
Mysterious, magical and moving, A Firefly in the Dark is a page-turner and a work of fantasy and soaring imagination that will delight readers of all ages.
‘With memorable characters and a compelling story, A Firefly in the Dark is a spooky, fun read.’—Shandana Minhas
‘With its sensuous textures of myth, magic and mock-saga, A Firefly in the Dark is, at its centre, a deeply sensitive story of a young woman’s coming of age with all the fears, loves and losses that the crossing entails.’—Aamer Hussein