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Summary

Isma is free. After years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother's death, she is finally studying in America, resuming a dream long deferred. But she can't stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London - or their brother, Parvaiz, who's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream: to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew.

Then Eamonn enters the sisters' lives. Handsome and privileged, he inhabits a London worlds away from theirs. As the son of a powerful British Muslim politician, Eamonn has his own birthright to live up to - or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz's salvation?

Two families' fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined in this searing novel that asks: what sacrifices will we make in the name of love? A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles' Antigone, Home Fire is an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide - confirming Kamila Shamsie as a master storyteller of our times.

©2017 Kamila Shamsie (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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Falls slightly short of expectations

Prizewinning it may be, and there is no doubt that the modern reworking of the Antigone story is original and very clever, but I was just a little disappointed by some rather unrestrained bits of writing (that a good editor might have removed). But I’m glad I bought it and listened to it.

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<br />Exceptional

Brilliant :) loved it. Amazing story telling. very thought provoking and well written. Extremely sad

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Gripping

Could have easily sat and listen to this book in one sitting. Absolutely gripping and engrossing. Each character fully rounded and defined.

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Left me breathless

Kamila Shamsie's heart breaking story tells us so much about the damage caused by jihadis, both by their repulsive existence and the global political and social response to it. But it really spoke to me as a story about grief, the depths of it and its affect on our humanity. A tense, moving and well-paced novel, and I highly recommend it.

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Disappointing

The book has been much talked about and praised. I'm disappointed. Some sections are very mundane and the characters fail to engage me. Attempts to reflect the ancient Greek tragedies do not convince.

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worth a read

I loved the story and would recommend it but the ending was frustrating. not happy it finished like that

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