The Servant Boy by Reesha Goral

The Servant Boy highlights the adventures of Zayne Shah, a young man who lives through the most horrific disaster his village, Saidpur, has ever seen.

An epidemic has unknowingly raged through Saidpur and is taking the lives of umpteen folk before his eyes. Zayne is determined to find a cure to the mystery, at whatever the cost may be, even if that cost is a price he cannot presently afford.

Zayne goes through a series of ups and downs as he takes you with him, embracing life through vivid details, all of which include paradoxes that anyone from any walk of life can relate to: life and death, happiness and grief, love and envy, friendship and animosity.

Although The Servant Boy is a multicultural novel, and will appeal to those that will enjoy learning about the colorful and vibrant culture of Pakistan, it will also enchant those who enjoy mystery, fantasy, adventure, friendship, and romance. There is something in the novel for everyone.

Book Information

  • ISBN: 978-1-63393-343-9
  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Digital eBook: 308 pages
  • Published: 12/1/2016
  • Available in: English, Turkish
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Publisher: Koehler Books

The Author

Reesha Goral was born in the chilly winter of the late 80’s.

Reesha GoralShe was raised in Northern California, and that is also where she graduated from University, attaining her bachelors of science in business administration. After graduating and working for some time, she decided to further her education and attain a J.D. degree. One night, while prepping for her law school examination, she began writing pieces of a story from her imagination. Those pieces later became her novel, The Servant Boy. She completed the story in two and a half years. Shortly after its completion, she was wedded. The year succeeding she gave birth to her first born; and the year following that one, her novel, made its debut in Istanbul, Turkey, where it was translated and published under the title Uşak. In inspiration of writing The Servant Boy, she was deeply impacted by her many visits to Pakistan. She frequented Pakistan so much, at a point it almost became like her second home. She was deeply impacted by her social engagements during those travels. On an account of engaging with an unsheltered woman, she spoke, “People are dying of hunger every year. They are people with bare necessities who have to instead improvise, with barely any. And that only makes them living, lifeless people.” Her various other personal experiences, research, and imagination assembled the rest of the novel. She now resides in the East Coast with her husband and their son.

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The Servant Boy highlights the adventures of Zayne Shah, a young man who lives through the most horrific disaster his village, Saidpur, has ever seen.

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AHMED SULEIMAN—DEAD. Mohammed Iqbal—dead. Sarah Hameed—dead. Firdous Abbas— dead. Mikael Ozar—dead.

AHMED SULEIMAN—DEAD. Mohammed Iqbal—dead. Sarah Hameed—dead. Firdous Abbas— dead. Mikael Ozar—dead. medhay ishq vi tu (you’re my only love). With every succeeding name, my heartbeat intensified. Goosebumps too, penetrated through my body—stinging my arms and rushing through my spine—all the way down to the tips of my toes.

Keep it together, I kept telling myself. But the names only grew louder, and the goose bumps turned to shivers.

In hopes that the music would drown both internal and outside noise, I reached for the button to the left with my trembling right hand and maximized the volume.

Please help contain me, Pathanay Khan, I kept telling myself. Please help contain me, Allah. Pleeeeeease.

I couldn’t lose my cool no matter what. After all, I was a mardh (a man).