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In this tale of two Muslim sisters Monica Ali explores how they live out their own personal tragedies. One lives in a tower block in London’s East End whilst the other lives in a Bangladeshi village.

ISBN: 9780552771153 Author: Ali, Monica Publisher: BLACK SWAN Publication Date: 1st May 2004 Imprint: Black Swan Cover: Paperback Dewey: 823.92 (edition:23) Pages: 491 Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:


‘Written with a wisdom and skill that few authors attain in a lifetime’ Sunday Times

Still in her teenage years, Nazneen finds herself in an arranged marriage with a disappointed older man. Away from her Bangladeshi village, home is now a cramped flat in a high-rise block in London’s East End. Nazneen knows not a word of English, and is forced to depend on her husband.

Confined in her tiny flat, Nazneen sews furiously for a living, shut away with her buttons and linings – until the radical Karim steps unexpectedly into her life. On a background of racial conflict and tension, they embark on a love affair that forces Nazneen finally to take control of her fate.

‘A brilliant evocation of sensuality’ Daily Telegraph
‘A novel that will last’ Guardian
Highly evolved and accomplished’ Observer

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