Home Fire

Home Fire

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother's death, an invitation from a mentor in America has allowed 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 the 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?"--
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2017.
ISBN: 9780735217683
Branch Call Number: SHAMS
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 22 cm


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kobrien3 Mar 13, 2018

Once I saw that this was a modern day adaptation of Sophocles' Antigone, I had to read it. This is a beautifully written story about love, loss, and loyalty from the differing perspectives of three siblings from a British Muslim family. When Isma leaves for America to pursue her academic dreams and Parvaiz follows in the footsteps of the jihadist father they never knew, sisters Aneeka and Isma clash over their disparate reactions to his decision. This heartbreakingly intense read made the long list for the Man Booker Prize in 2017, and will be a good pick for readers who enjoy complex characters and well written family centered stories.

LPL_MeredithW Feb 26, 2018

An absolutely stunning novel about the intersection of family, faith, and politics, told in beautiful, clear language.

Feb 13, 2018

An interesting story about Pakistani immigrant families in Britain. As a onlooker into this community, if nothing else this dispels the view that all immigrants share the same views, as well as a look at how Muslim hardliners recruit innocent people.

Jan 18, 2018

This is such a novel of our times and well worth reading. It addresses the fears, struggles and concerns that a British Muslim family deal with as the try to live down the legacy of their deceased father. It is told in five parts from five different perspectives which gives the story a well rounded feeling and leaves most questions answered. A very good novel for putting yourself into someone else's shoes.

Jan 11, 2018

Brilliant. The personal is political; the political is personal. Highly recommended.

Jan 05, 2018

Heartbreaking novel, about two Pakistani-English families, one father a jihadi, the other father a high-ranking government official. Their childrens' lives collide in an unexpected way. One of my best reads of 2017.

Dec 15, 2017

Right up there with my other top fiction reads of 2017. I had to read about Antigone so I understood the reference in all reviews.

SPL_Liz Nov 28, 2017

When I began this book I didn't realize it was based on the Greek tragedy Antigone. I wasn't anticipating the tragedy part which made it a little harder for me to enjoy. That said, it's an elegant, humanizing, perspective-changing work. The imagery she creates is hauntingly beautiful and the characters are very tangible. She explores the idea of belonging and the political, familial, and social pressures that come from being a Muslim family from Britain. I would definitely recommend giving this one a read.

Nov 18, 2017

NPR describes it as "puts a topical spin on the ancient greek tragedy Antigone. One Muslim family in London whose father died a jihadi and brother becomes seduced into working for ISIS intersecting with another Muslim family in London whose father becomes a Muslim bashing Home Secretary. Told in five chapters through the point of view of the five major characters, Shamsie is a wonderful writer. Highly recommend.

SPL_Shauna Nov 07, 2017

Unquestionably the best fiction I've read this year. Home Fire follows a family broken by terror and the Western world's response to it. Not only is the prose achingly beautiful, but the plot moves like lightning - it's almost impossible to put this book down, and I'll certainly never feel the same way about an ISIS news story. Highly recommended, and an excellent choice for book clubs.

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