Afia Satar is studious, modest, and devout. The young daughter of a landholding family in Northern Pakistan, Afia has enrolled in an American college with the dream of returning to her country as a doctor. But when a photo surfaces online of Afia holding hands with an American boy, she is suddenly no longer safe--even from the family that cherishes her.
Brooke O'Connor - elegant, self-possessed, and kind - has a happy marriage and a deeply loved young daughter. So her adamant refusal to have a second child confounds her husband, Sean. When Brooke's high school boyfriend, Alex - now divorced and mourning the death of his young son - unexpectedly resurfaces, Sean begins to suspect an affair. For 15 years Brooke has kept a shameful secret from everyone she loves. Only Alex knows the truth that drove them apart. His reappearance now threatens the life she has so carefully constructed and fortified by denial
"Very Superficial Characters"