And the Sun Always Sets
Outskirts Press (2014)
Reviewed by Christine Watson for Reader Views (10/14)
“And the Sun Always Sets” by Danny Odato is a suspenseful story about a young couple, Mariyum and Faisal, trying to find a way to be together despite having to overcome tremendous obstacles. It is not only a terrific story, but very eye opening as the Pakistani culture is revealed in full color. I could not put this book down because the suspense grew with each new chapter.
Mr. Odato wrote a wonderful story about two young people who wanted to follow their hearts and not the traditions of their culture. They were faithful to their religion and their God, and lived their lives in alignment with their core values, which is in and of itself, a very difficult feat. With hard work and effort, they are determined to make a life for themselves where they can live without fear, and full of the love they have for each other.
The reader will experience justice, mercy, love, hate, fear, and joy throughout the book as the author takes the reader along on the journey of Mariyum and Faisal. There are moments of utter beauty in the goodness of people, as well as disturbing acts that make one doubt all humankind. Personally, as I read this book, I found myself grateful for the freedoms I enjoy in the United States, even with all of our problems. This story is very applicable today with the politics in the Middle East.
I highly recommend “And the Sun Always Sets” by Danny Odato to anyone seeking to be enlightened about the world around them and wanting to get a peek inside the lives of young people in countries that don’t afford the same freedoms that Americans enjoy. It was very eye opening for me and it caused me to think deeply about my choices. This book also helped me appreciate what I already have and not take anything for granted.