Into that fragile peace walks Karim. He sets questions before her, of longing and belonging; he sparks in her a turmoil that reflects the community's own; he opens her eyes and directs her gaze, but what she sees, in the end, comes as a suprise to them both.
While Nazneen journeys along her path of self-realization, a way haunted by her mother's ghost, her sister Hasina, back in Bangladesh, rushes headlong at her life, first making a "love marriage", then fleeing her violent husband. Woven through the novel, Hasina's letters from Dhaka recount a world of overwhelming adversity. Shaped, yet ultimately not bound, by their landscapes and memories, both sisters struggle to dream themselves out of the rules prescribed for them.
Beautifully rendered and, by turns, both comic and deeply moving, Brick Lane establishes Monica Ali as one of the most exciting new voices in fiction.
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©2003 Monica Ali; (P)2003 HarperCollins UK
"Written with the wisdom and skill few authors attain in a lifetime." (Sunday Times)
"As ambitious in scale as Smith's White Teeth....A wonderful debut." (Sunday Telegraph)
"What's so remarkable about Brick Lane is its assurance: the writing is laudably unfussy, the tone incredibly tender." (Time Out)
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