By Kamila Shamsie
“Ingenious… Builds to one of the most memorable final scenes I’ve read in a novel this century.” —The New York Times WINNER OF THE 2018 WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTIONFINALIST FOR THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE
What’s it about? Isma has been living in London and caring for her younger brother and sister since her mother died years ago.Isma and her siblings are British citizens of Pakistani descent.They have grown up in a city that increasingly wants the Muslim community to become more assimilated. Now that the twins have reached adulthood it is finally time for Isma to follow her dreams and go study in America. After arriving in America Isma meets a fellow traveler from London in a coffee shop. Eammon is the son of a member of Parliament and also of Pakistani descent. When Eammon returns to London he will meet Isma’s sister and the story will begin in earnest.
What did it make me think about? So with all the talk of nationalism and immigration it is good to remember that life is not that simple. Problems are often complicated and do not have an easy answer. What happens when you are 19 and make a mistake… a big mistake.
Should I read it? YES! This was an amazing book and a page turner as well. It will be one of my favorites this year.Quote- ” ‘I’m driving at the fact that habits of secrecy are damaging things’, Hira said in her most professorial voice. ‘And they underestimate other people’s willingness to accept the complicated truths of your life.’ “