Field of Mystery Book Group
The Field of Mystery Book Group will meet virtually by Zoom on Saturday, November 7, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., discussing our latest selection, The Widows of Malabar Hill, by Sujata Massey.
The Widows of Malabar Hill is set in 1920's Bombay, India, and features an unusual protagonist: Perveen Mistry, the only female lawyer in the entire city. When her law firm takes on the seemingly routine task of executing the will of a Muslim man, peculiarities appear. All three of the man's widows have renounced their shares of his estate, even though that would leave them without any means of support. One of them signed with a mark, suggesting she's not even literate, so more vulnerable to pressure and fraud. Because the widows are all keeping strict purdah, they are not allowed to leave the women's quarters or talk to an unrelated man, so Perveen is the only lawyer who could meet with them and attempt to find out what was really going on in that household.
Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk. If you are interested in joining the group for this meeting, please email Nora Mulligan (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the zoom link.