But the future arrives far more quickly than either Sahar or Nasrin could have imagined, in the form of a formal offer for Nasrin's hand in marriage by an eminently-eligible older suitor. Pleased by the attention and wary of disappointing her family, Nasrin accepts, unwilling to believe that such an act could push Sahar from her life. But Sahar isn't willing to share Nasrin with anyone. How can she keep the girl she loves more than anyone from leaving her behind?
After meeting Parveen, a woman who has recently undergone sex change surgery, at a party thrown by her unconventional cousin Ali, Sahar grabs onto one final hope: by becoming a man, might she be able to prevent Nasrin's marriage?
|Clip from Be Like Others|
While Sahar's story is more coming-of-age than happily-ever-after-romance, Farizan's novel offers a welcome alternative to the stereotypes of both the dominating sheikh and the oppressed and repressed burqa-enshrouded woman that all-too-often haunt western popular culture, and especially the romance genre.
Valentino as the Sheik: Rae Summers
Be Like Others clip: AllMovie
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