The Family Tree
Your roots can always lead you home…
Amjad cradles his baby daughter in the middle of the night. He has no time to mourn his wife’s death. Saahil and Zahra, his two small children, are relying on him. Amjad vows to love and protect them always.
Years later, Saahil and his best friend, Ehsan, have finished university and are celebrating with friends. But when the night t
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“We’re Pakistani,” Amjad continued, waving his arms about. “We don’t just abandon our families. Our kids, they stay with us. They don’t even leave the family home...more
The Family Tree is a heart warming and poignant story about family, the trials and tribulations of life.
It's very much a coming of age Story that follows Sahill and his family through loss, grief, bullying, prejudice, Culture, Friendships and Family Drama.
But what shines through more than anything is the love and support they have for each other.
The plot is Authentic, Highly Compelling, At times Witty, Relatable, Poignant ...more
This is a beautifully written, emotional story about a British Muslim family from February 1993 to present day. The story starts with the birth of Zahra and the loss of her mother and dad Amjad single handily bringing her up and son Sahill. It tells us the views of Muslims and what they thought of 9/11. On the night of Sahil’s graduation from University tragedy strikes and Sahill disappears for a decade. With the loss of ...more
The characters in this were fully formed and equally strong and I genuinely ...more
I absolutely loved Saahil’s wonderful family, with some of the scenes being so beautifully written that I felt I was actually there sharing the moment with them. Through them we learn more about their culture and what it is like to grow up in England when you’re from a minority religion. It was ...more
Starting in 1993 and ending in 2017, we follow a British Muslim family through a wealth of life events and happenings. In a lot of ways they are not the luckiest family in the world, but in having eachother they are l ...more
This is fiction at its finest - so closely paralleled to reality that the line between the two is blurred. Sairish depicts the story of a British Pakistani family residing in Yorkshire pre 9/11 to the present day.
It’s interesting to read about a society that we don’t e ...more
But... it was dull. At 500 pages, the novel was a real struggle to get through. It was full of plot threads that never went anywhere, while skipping forward and ignoring key events. At points, the plot was incredibl ...more
Faced with such testing circumstances he in unable to even find the time to mourn and rises to the challenge of single parenthood admirably, not remarrying despite constant pressure from his mother.
Amjad raises his children with love and care, dreaming of a better future for them but his entire world changes one unfortunate night..
The story spans 24 y ...more
The Family Tree traces the life of a British Muslim Family in Bradford right from the beginning in 1993 when Amjad loses his wife Neelam during childbirth, and is left t ...more
The Family Tree is the moving story of a British Musl ...more
First, why does this book have so many typos? Don't know if this was because it was a Kindle version but it really annoyed me.
I really wanted this book to be good. But it fed onto every single stereotype of Asian culture, without any attempt to tackle them. It was literally the Asian community in it a nutshell, X,Y,Z is an issue... Oh well that's the ...more
I really enjoyed this book, desp ...more
Harun and Meena have a son of their own, Ehsan, and soon Saahil and Ehsan become inseparable. They go through school, college and ...more
This is a multigenerational story about a British Muslim family who suffers from tragedies, inequalities, racism, fear, loss, and so much more. BUT this is not a story of despair only, on the flip side of the things, we have…the beauty and love of a religion, the acceptance of cultural differences between different communities [say, Zahra’s best friend, or, the gym owner that Saahil encounters], the love of family, hope, strength, and reunions.
THE BEST PAR ...more
This book speaks volume and I am so greatful to get this one as a part of my review copy.
Its truly dreading to live a life where our own child is out there somewhere away from home for a decade unknown as to how they must be, how their life will be.
This book revealed the truth that alot of good muslims are being opressed because o ...more
I loved the family unit of Saahil, Amjad and Zahra, along with grandmother Ammi. They seemed completely believable and I gained a deeper understanding of the culture as I read.
The story takes us from the birth of Zahra onwards. Starting pre 9/11, we see how the events of that day affected our characters and the world around them. Final ...more