Kamila Shamsie Home Fire

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Home Fire

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"Ingenious... Builds to one of the most memorable final scenes I've read in a novel this century." --The New York Times

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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?

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Praise for Kamila Shamsie:
Stretching from the ancient Persian Empire to the waning days of the British Empire, the novel has an enormous wingspan that catches a wonderful storyteller s wind . . . beautifully composed, and often terribly moving. Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered, NPR
Kamila Shamsie is a writer of immense ambition and strength. She understands a great deal about the ways in which the world s many tragedies and histories shape one another, and about how human beings can try to avoid being crushed by their fate and can discover their humanity, even in the fiercest combat zones of the age. Salman Rushdie
A gorgeous novel. Shamsie s wry humor infuses and quickens the narrative, leavening even the most serious scenes without detracting from their emotional weight. Los Angeles Times"

A good novelist blurs the imaginary line between us and them; Kamila Shamsie is the rare writer who makes one forget there was ever such a thing as a line. Home Fire is a remarkable novel, both timely and necessary.
--Rabih Alameddine, author of An Unnecessary Woman
Praise for Kamila Shamsie:
Stretching from the ancient Persian Empire to the waning days of the British Empire, the novel has an enormous wingspan that catches a wonderful storyteller s wind . . . beautifully composed, and often terribly moving. Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered, NPR
Kamila Shamsie is a writer of immense ambition and strength. She understands a great deal about the ways in which the world s many tragedies and histories shape one another, and about how human beings can try to avoid being crushed by their fate and can discover their humanity, even in the fiercest combat zones of the age. Salman Rushdie
A gorgeous novel. Shamsie s wry humor infuses and quickens the narrative, leavening even the most serious scenes without detracting from their emotional weight. Los Angeles Times"

"A good novelist blurs the imaginary line between us and them; Kamila Shamsie is the rare writer who makes one forget there was ever such a thing as a line. Home Fire is a remarkable novel, both timely and necessary."
--Rabih Alameddine, author of An Unnecessary Woman
Praise for Kamila Shamsie:
"Stretching from the ancient Persian Empire to the waning days of the British Empire, the novel has an enormous wingspan that catches a wonderful storyteller's wind . . . beautifully composed, and often terribly moving." --Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered, NPR
"Kamila Shamsie is a writer of immense ambition and strength. She understands a great deal about the ways in which the world's many tragedies and histories shape one another, and about how human beings can try to avoid being crushed by their fate and can discover their humanity, even in the fiercest combat zones of the age." --Salman Rushdie
"A gorgeous novel. Shamsie's wry humor infuses and quickens the narrative, leavening even the most serious scenes without detracting from their emotional weight." --Los Angeles Times

"Home Fire left me awestruck, shaken, on the edge of my chair, filled with admiration for her courage and ambition." --Peter Carey

"Shamsie's simple, lucid prose plays in perfect harmony with the heartbeat of modern times. Home Fire deftly reveals all the ways in which the political is as personal as the personal is political. No novel could be as timely." --Aminatta Forna

"A searing novel about the choices people make for love, and for the place they call home." --Laila Lalami

"A good novelist blurs the imaginary line between us and them; Kamila Shamsie is the rare writer who makes one forget there was ever such a thing as a line. Home Fire is a remarkable novel, both timely and necessary." --Rabih Alameddine, author of An Unnecessary Woman

Praise for Kamila Shamsie:

"Stretching from the ancient Persian Empire to the waning days of the British Empire, the novel has an enormous wingspan that catches a wonderful storyteller's wind . . . beautifully composed, and often terribly moving." --Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered, NPR

"Kamila Shamsie is a writer of immense ambition and strength. She understands a great deal about the ways in which the world's many tragedies and histories shape one another, and about how human beings can try to avoid being crushed by their fate and can discover their humanity, even in the fiercest combat zones of the age." --Salman Rushdie

"A gorgeous novel. Shamsie's wry humor infuses and quickens the narrative, leavening even the most serious scenes without detracting from their emotional weight." --Los Angeles Times

"Two-time Orange Prize nominee Shamsie (A God in Every Stone) has written an explosive novel with big questions about the nature of justice, defiance, and love." --Kirkus Reviews

"Home Fire left me awestruck, shaken, on the edge of my chair, filled with admiration for her courage and ambition." --Peter Carey

"Shamsie's simple, lucid prose plays in perfect harmony with the heartbeat of modern times. Home Fire deftly reveals all the ways in which the political is as personal as the personal is political. No novel could be as timely." --Aminatta Forna

"A searing novel about the choices people make for love, and for the place they call home." --Laila Lalami

"A good novelist blurs the imaginary line between us and them; Kamila Shamsie is the rare writer who makes one forget there was ever such a thing as a line. Home Fire is a remarkable novel, both timely and necessary." --Rabih Alameddine, author of An Unnecessary Woman

"Gut-wrenching and undeniably relevant to today's world... In accessible, unwavering prose and without any heavy-handedness, Shamsie addresses an impressive mix of contemporary issues, from Muslim profiling to cultural assimilation and identity to the nuances of international relations. This shattering work leaves a lasting emotional impression."--Booklist, starred

"Memorable...salient and heartbreaking, culminating in a shocking ending."--Publisher's Weekly

"Two-time Orange Prize nominee Shamsie (A God in Every Stone) has written an explosive novel with big questions about the nature of justice, defiance, and love." --Kirkus Reviews

"Home Fire left me awestruck, shaken, on the edge of my chair, filled with admiration for her courage and ambition." --Peter Carey

"Shamsie's simple, lucid prose plays in perfect harmony with the heartbeat of modern times. Home Fire deftly reveals all the ways in which the political is as personal as the personal is political. No novel could be as timely." --Aminatta Forna

"A searing novel about the choices people make for love, and for the place they call home." --Laila Lalami

"A good novelist blurs the imaginary line between us and them; Kamila Shamsie is the rare writer who makes one forget there was ever such a thing as a line. Home Fire is a remarkable novel, both timely and necessary." --Rabih Alameddine, author of An Unnecessary Woman

"Home Fire is Shamsie's seventh and most accomplished novel. The emotionally compelling plot is well served by her lucid storytelling, and she digs into complex issues with confidence... As this deftly constructed page-turner moves swiftly toward its inevitable conclusion, it forces questions about what sacrifice you would make for family, for love." --BookPage

"Moving and thought-provoking." --The Millions, Most Anticipated

"Gut-wrenching and undeniably relevant to today's world... In accessible, unwavering prose and without any heavy-handedness, Shamsie addresses an impressive mix of contemporary issues, from Muslim profiling to cultural assimilation and identity to the nuances of international relations. This shattering work leaves a lasting emotional impression."--Booklist, starred

"Memorable...salient and heartbreaking, culminating in a shocking ending."--Publisher's Weekly

"Two-time Orange Prize nominee Shamsie (A God in Every Stone) has written an explosive novel with big questions about the nature of justice, defiance, and love." --Kirkus Reviews

"Home Fire left me awestruck, shaken, on the edge of my chair, filled with admiration for her courage and ambition." --Peter Carey, Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda

"Shamsie's simple, lucid prose plays in perfect harmony with the heartbeat of modern times. Home Fire deftly reveals all the ways in which the political is as personal as the personal is political. No novel could be as timely." --Aminatta Forna, author of The Memory of Love

"A searing novel about the choices people make for love, and for the place they call home." --Laila Lalami, Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Moor's Account

"A good novelist blurs the imaginary line between us and them; Kamila Shamsie is the rare writer who makes one forget there was ever such a thing as a line. Home Fire is a remarkable novel, both timely and necessary." --Rabih Alameddine, author of An Unnecessary Woman

"Shamise's incredibly moving story addresses the conflict between what we feel to be right versus what the law tells us is right, and what we will sacrifice in the name of family." --Real Simple

"Shamsie spins a tale that will keep you engrossed." --Bitch

"[A] powerful story of the complexities of love, family and state in wartime ...timely and tragic, with an unforgettable ending." --BBC.com

"Home Fire is Shamsie's seventh and most accomplished novel. The emotionally compelling plot is well served by her lucid storytelling, and she digs into complex issues with confidence... As this deftly constructed page-turner moves swiftly toward its inevitable conclusion, it forces questions about what sacrifice you would make for family, for love." --BookPage

"Moving and thought-provoking." --The Millions, Most Anticipated

"Gut-wrenching and undeniably relevant to today's world... In accessible, unwavering prose and without any heavy-handedness, Shamsie addresses an impressive mix of contemporary issues, from Muslim profiling to cultural assimilation and identity to the nuances of international relations. This shattering work leaves a lasting emotional impression."--Booklist, starred

"Memorable...salient and heartbreaking, culminating in a shocking ending."--Publisher's Weekly

"Two-time Orange Prize nominee Shamsie (A God in Every Stone) has written an explosive novel with big questions about the nature of justice, defiance, and love." --Kirkus Reviews

"Home Fire left me awestruck, shaken, on the edge of my chair, filled with admiration for her courage and ambition." --Peter Carey, Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda

"Shamsie's simple, lucid prose plays in perfect harmony with the heartbeat of modern times. Home Fire deftly reveals all the ways in which the political is as personal as the personal is political. No novel could be as timely." --Aminatta Forna, author of The Memory of Love

"A searing novel about the choices people make for love, and for the place they call home." --Laila Lalami, Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Moor's Account

"A good novelist blurs the imaginary line between us and them; Kamila Shamsie is the rare writer who makes one forget there was ever such a thing as a line. Home Fire is a remarkable novel, both timely and necessary." --Rabih Alameddine, author of An Unnecessary Woman

"Ingenious and love-struck ... Home Fire takes flight. ... Shamsie drives this gleaming machine home in a manner that, if I weren't handling airplane metaphors, I would call smashing. ... Builds to one of the most memorable final scenes I've read in a novel this century." --New York Times

"[U]rgent and explosive ... near perfect ... a difficult book to put down." --NPR

"[A] haunting novel, full of dazzling moments and not a few surprising turns...Home Fire blazes with the kind of annihilating devastation that transcends grief." --Washington Post

"Achingly good...[and] shrewdly subversive." --The New York Times Book Review

"This wrenching, thought-provoking novel races to a shattering climax."--People Magazine

"A Greek tragedy for the age of ISIS ... spare as a fable yet intensely intimate." --Vogue

"A thought-provoking commentary on loyalty, love, justice, politics, terrorism, religion, and family." --Buzzfeed

"Elegant and intense, Kamila Shamsie's seventh novel asks timeless questions about love for and loyalty to family and ideology -- and you won't be able to put it down until you reach its unforgettable ending... it's safe to say this is Shamsie at her best." --Shondaland.com

"Pitch perfect...We can expect more great work from this audaciously talented author." --New York Journal of Books

"Her last, perfect word serves as a contemporary, against-all-odds, global prayer... Shamsie's latest is a compelling, stupendous stand-out to be witnessed, honored, and deeply commended."--Christian Science Monitor

"A cross-continental novel about civil disobedience that tackles political and emotional matters with equal assurance." --Time Magazine

"Shamsie's timely fiction probes the roots of radicalism and the pull of the family." --O, the Oprah Magazine

"A blaze of identity, family, nationalism, and Sophocles' Antigone." --Vanity Fair

"Stunning...every fall reader who picks this up will be mesmerized by Shamsie's enchanting prose--and they'll definitely fall in love with these unforgettable characters."--Redbook Magazine

"So good that it will break your heart."--WAMC, "The Roundtable"

"An absorbing and incisive study of race and roots, attachment and affiliation -- to a cause, a country, a person, a family -- which encompasses five fascinatingly divergent viewpoints... timely and incendiary." --Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"All of Shamsie's novels are deeply moving and morally complex, leadi...

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