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Bright Lines: A Novel - Tanwi Nandini Islam
Bright Lines: A Novel
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• Short-listed for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize •“A Brooklyn-by-way-of-Bangladesh Royal Tenenbaums.”—The Denver PostA vibrant debut novel, set in Brooklyn and Bangladesh, follows three young women and one family struggling to make peace with secrets and their past For as long as... show more
• Short-listed for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize •“A Brooklyn-by-way-of-Bangladesh Royal Tenenbaums.”—The Denver PostA vibrant debut novel, set in Brooklyn and Bangladesh, follows three young women and one family struggling to make peace with secrets and their past For as long as she can remember, Ella has longed to feel at home. Orphaned as a child after her parents’ murder, and afflicted with hallucinations at dusk, she’s always felt more at ease in nature than with people. She traveled from Bangladesh to Brooklyn to live with the Saleems: her uncle Anwar, aunt Hashi, and their beautiful daughter, Charu, her complete opposite. One summer, when Ella returns home from college, she discovers Charu’s friend Maya—an Islamic cleric’s runaway daughter—asleep in her bedroom.    As the girls have a summer of clandestine adventure and sexual awakenings, Anwar—owner of a popular botanical apothecary—has his own secrets, threatening his thirty-year marriage. But when tragedy strikes, the Saleems find themselves blamed. To keep his family from unraveling, Anwar takes them on a fated trip to Bangladesh, to reckon with the past, their extended family, and each other.
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143123132 (0143123130)
ASIN: 0143123130
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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bookwookiee
bookwookiee rated it
4.0 Bright Lines: A Novel
An engrossing story that's equal parts family drama and coming of age, with a dose of humor thrown in for good measure. There is a fair amount going on beneath the surface of this novel, it's one that you could dissect and discuss for hours. It's beautifully voiced and touching, all while cast in a ...
teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
2.0 I really wanted to like it.
The story of a family set in both New York and Bangladesh tells the tale of several family members with their loves, hidden desires, work, struggles and more. Ella/El and Charu are cousins raised as siblings after the death of Ella/El's parents. Charu's parents, Anwar and Hashi, make a living in the...
Steeped in Science, Submersed in Story
Steeped in Science, Submersed in Story rated it
5.0 Bright Lines: A Novel
The author has really taken her time to craft the characters in this story. It centers on two generations of a family. The parents, immigrants to New York from Bangladesh, have survived war and the tearing apart of families and friendships, and at some level cannot sympathize with the small troubl...
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