Ironically, Ryan eventually became a Jehovah's Witness and tried to win Clara back to the Church.While riding on his scooter, they crashed into a tree, knocking out Clara's upper teeth.
Smith takes us to Clara's teenage years, when she was an awkward and unattractive Jehovah's Witness.
She strayed from her religion when she began dating a boy named Ryan Topps.
Samad works at an Indian restaurant, and Alsana sews clothing for an S&M shop.
Because of racial differences, the Iqbal's and Jones's are unlikely friends.
Clara soon becomes pregnant with a daughter, Irie, and Alsana becomes pregnant with twin boys, Magid and Millat.
Soon, both women realize that they know very little about their older husbands.with the following quote: "What is past is prologue"- Inscription in Washington, D. This statement sets the thematic mood for the novel, in which three different families of mixed ethnicity struggle with issues of heritage and legacy.Some characters, such as Samad, cling to the past obsessively, while others, such as Magid, attempt to reject it.He kidnaps Magid with Archie's help, and sends him to be raised with his family in Bangladesh.When Alsana discovers his actions, she resolves never to give Samad a straight answer to another question.He decides that the only way to make sure his sons grow up to be honorable traditional men is to send them to Bangladesh.