What do you do when you wake up one morning and find that your mother has left you all? If you find she’s packed her bags, left a succinct note on the fridge and disappeared from your life. Would you be angry, feel betrayed, be heartbroken? Maria Sulaiman is all of this and more, as she, her brother and father reel from the shock of being a suddenly-broken family.
Andaleeb Wajid’s When She Went Away is a young adult tale of a girl in search of answers, trying to wrest back some control on her life. But sometimes finding the answers you’re seeking doesn’t always make you feel any better.