Home Fire (Hardcover)
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Three British siblings, separated by geography, face different issues of cultural and family identity that ultimately unite them. Isma, the oldest, has left London to study in America, but she is desperately worried about her brother Parvaiz, who has gone to Syria to follow in the footsteps of his jihadist father. The youngest, Aneeka, has become close to Eamonn, the son of an important politician whose platform on immigration will challenge their relationship. An immersive and explosive exploration of many different kinds of loyalty: to family, to one’s country, to one’s own heart, this novel had me holding my breath all the way through. Also, Kamila Shamsie studied at UMass Amherst, so the college town where Isma spends some of the novel is very much inspired by Western Massachusetts.— From Margaret's Picks
"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 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE
The suspenseful and heartbreaking story of an immigrant family driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences Isma 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?
About the Author
Kamila Shamsie is the author of several previous novels, including Broken Verses and Burnt Shadows. She has been a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Orange Prize (twice) and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, among other honors, and has been named one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She was raised in Karachi and lives in London.