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Brick lane : a novel / Monica Ali
Bib ID 2617380
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
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Ali, Monica, 1967-
 
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Edition 1st Scribner ed. 
Description New York : Scribner, 2003 
369 p. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0743243307
0743243315
Summary

"Nazneen's inauspicious entry into the world, an apparent stillbirth on the hard mud floor of a village hut, imbues in her a sense of fatalism that she carries across continents when she is married off to Chanu, a man old enough to be her father. Nazneen moves to London and, for years, keeps house, cares for her husband, and bears children, just as a girl from the village is supposed to do. But gradually she is transformed by her experience, and begins to question whether fate controls her or whether she has a hand in her own destiny. Motherhood is a catalyst - Nazneen's daughters chafe against their father's traditions and pride - and to her own amazement, Nazneen falls in love with a young man in the community. She discovers both the complexity that comes with free choice and the depth of her attachment to her husband, her daughters, and her new world."

"While Nazneen journeys along her path of self-realization, her sister, Hasina, rushes headlong at her life, first making a "love marriage," then fleeing her violent husband. Woven through the novel, Hasina's letters from Dhaka recount a world of overwhelming adversity. Shaped, yet not bound, by their landscapes and memories, both sisters struggle to dream - and live - beyond the rules prescribed for them."--BOOK JACKET.

Notes

2004 Orange Prize for Fiction, Long List.

Subjects Bangladeshis -- England -- Fiction.  |  Women immigrants -- Fiction.  |  Young women -- Fiction.  |  London (England) -- Fiction.  |  Bangladesh -- Fiction.
Form/genre Bildungsromans.

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