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Summary

Your roots can always lead you home....

Amjad cradles his baby daughter in the middle of the night. He has no time to mourn his wife’s death. Saahil and Zahra, his two small children, are relying on him. Amjad vows to love and protect them always.

Years later, Saahil and his best friend, Ehsan, have finished university and are celebrating with friends. But when the night turns dangerous, its devastating effects will ripple through the years to come.

Zahra’s world is alight with politics and activism. But she is now her father’s only source of comfort, and worries she’ll never have time for her own aspirations. Life has taken her small family in different directions – will they ever find their way back to each other?

The Family Tree is the moving story of a British Muslim family full of love, laughter and resilience as well as all the faults, mistakes and stubborn loyalties which make us human.

©2019 Sairish Hussain (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"I absolutely loved it. it manages to be both unflinching and full of hope; the writing is compassionate and true." (Stephanie Butland, author of Lost for Words)

"Poignantly paints the extraordinary in ordinary lives. A brilliant first book from Hussain." (The Sunday Post

"An evocative portrayal of love and family." (Ayisha Malik)

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Heart wrenching and uplifting too.

What a beautiful and tragic story about a wonderful and loving family. I really enjoyed the change in perspective, how you’d have a chapter from different characters. I also really liked the dates given periodically as there were jumps in the timeline. Really lovely story.