Tight Rope by Sahar Abdulaziz revolves around six characters. Nour Ibrahim is a speaker who is currently receiving hate emails for speaking out for the racism taking place in America. Russell J. Tetler, a patriotic American, believes that America does not belong to anyone comprising of brown and black skin colour. Maryam Quinonez has newly accepted Islam and living with her Catholic parents makes her life no less than a roller coaster ride. Eugene Underwood is a criminal who goes about killing people to earn money. Zaid Ali works in his father’s deli, is secretly planning to join the American army and is attracted to a Muslim nurse who is his regular customer yet knows nothing about her. Doris Tetler is Russell’s wife and is apparently making plans to get rid of her husband.
Out of all the characters, Zaid was my favourite character. The story is well written with a smooth link between the characters. The switch from one character to the other has been done very well. Despite focusing on five different characters the author has succeeded in perfectly intertwining their lives so they can be related to one another and does not confuses the reader.
I’d say this book is a must read for everyone regardless of what race or religion they follow because the book talks about how racism can make the lives of innocent people difficult. I am so glad I got a chance to read this amazing book.