Home Fire: A Novel
“Ingenious… Builds to one of the most memorable final scenes I’ve read in a novel this century.” —The New York Times LONGLISTED FOR THE 2017 MAN BOOKER PRIZE The suspenseful and heartbreaking story of an immigrant family driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequencesIsma is... show more
“Ingenious… Builds to one of the most memorable final scenes I’ve read in a novel this century.” —The New York Times LONGLISTED FOR THE 2017 MAN BOOKER PRIZE The suspenseful and heartbreaking story of an immigrant family driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequencesIsma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she’s accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume 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. When he resurfaces half a globe away, Isma’s worst fears are confirmed. Then Eamonn enters the sisters’ lives. Son of a powerful political figure, he has his own birthright to live up to—or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz’s salvation? Suddenly, two families’ fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined, in this searing novel that asks: What sacrifices will we make in the name of love?
Publish date: 2017-08-15
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
A modern day retelling of the Antigone story sees Isma return to the United States after caring for her two younger siblings following the death of their mother. But she remains worried about sister Aneeka in London and brother Parvaiz who disappeared to follow the path of their father. The story op...
Home Fire is one of those elusive novels that's difficult to review. The story is told in five parts, each from a different character's perspective, and though each part picks up where its predecessor left off, each change in narrative and style results in a distinctly different feel. It's almost as...
Thanks to NetGalley and to Bloomsbury Publishing for providing me with an ARC of this novel that I freely chose to review. When I read in the description of this novel that it was a contemporary version of Antigone, I was intrigued. If all Greek tragedies are powerful stories, I’ve always been incli...
Home Fire, Kamila Shamsie, author; Tania Rodrigues, narrator When I turned the last page of the book I was struck dumb. I didn’t expect the ending, and I highly recommend that no one attempt to read the ending before they begin. Don’t peek, I implore you! The story plays out logically and clearly, a...