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The Family Tree

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  529 ratings  ·  136 reviews

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

Hardcover, 528 pages
Published February 20th 2020 by HQ
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Sahil Javed
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Family Tree follows the story of one British Asian family, first through Amjad, who as the story starts has been widowed and left to take care of his two children alone, and then through his children, Saahil and Zahra, as they navigate the complicated relationships that you often have with the world and even your own family.
“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
The family Tree tells the story of a British Pakistani family, first introduced through Amjad who has just lost his wife and is now raising his son Saahil and new-born daughter Zahra alone. We meet Amjad in his most vulnerable state of grief as he tries to come to terms with the loss and his new reality of single parenthood. Using his pain as a driving force, Amjad strives to gives his two children a normal life, dreaming of a better future for them both. As the years go by and the children grow ...more
Dash fan
4☆ Authentic, Poignant, Gripping, Heart Warming Family Saga. A Must Read!

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
December 15, 2020: A debut so emotionally powerful and authentically evocative that it binds one to this multi-generational tale of a British-Pakistani Muslim family spanning through twenty-five years of grief, happiness, mistakes, and unconditional love in the midst of unfortunate yet sadly realistic discourses around religious hate stemming from terrorism, stereotypical boxing of an ethnic identity, discrimination faced by immigrants, financial struggles leading to poverty and homelessness, an ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and HQ for a copy of The Family Tree by Sairish Hussain.
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
This book was fantastic especially as it is a debut. The main thing I wanted to say about this book is that it felt authentic. It is a family saga or a new term that I have just discovered “a slice of life”. In other words it covers a period of time in one person’s life or family and their daily trials and tribulations. The focus of this book is on a British Muslim family and how one event or several can shape your life.

The characters in this were fully formed and equally strong and I genuinely
Joanna Park
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Family Tree is a beautifully written and emotional book which in a lot of ways reads as a coming of age story. It’s a story that drew me in from the first page and was heart warming but also shocking.

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
Momina Kamran
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Couldn’t read it fast enough, highly recommend.
Kirsti Ferguson (MrsFegFiction)
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I knew it was going to be about family and love, but I don't think that I was prepared for the magnitude of this story. Even when it turned up on my doorstep at over 500 pages long, I still didn't anticipate how spectacular it would be...

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
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Family Tree, is quite heartbreaking, when Amjad wife Neelam died, after she haemorrhaged after delivery that left him to become a single dad to his two children. Zahra was just a baby. As Amjad adapted to his new life without Neelam, he realised that he needed help with everything. He need to be taught how to look after a newborn. I really felt emotional for Amjad as single dad looking after a baby. After a year of Neelam passing, Amjad’s, mother started to nag at him to marry again. I perso ...more
This was everything I was expecting...a little predictable but very much representative of the British Asian population
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dear Sairish,

I will write a proper review on this once I’ve overcome the current emotions I’m feeling right now.
Alzcatraz Book Reviews
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I found it quite heart warming and at times emotional as it is a coming of age urban fiction and deals with family, love, life, friendships, prejudices, culture, grief, loss and redemption. All of this is beautifully written in this book and it's one of the best debut novels I've read so far this year. The characters are very well written and the best part is that the author has made these ordinary daily life characters into something extraordinary. It's worth a read! ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to @hqstories for inviting us to #destinationhq this summer. As well as meeting some other great writers, we first met Sairish here and fortunately heard her introduce her wonderful debut. Needless to say we were hooked.

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
Gem ~ Bee
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal read, full review to follow but this book is absolutely brilliant, brave and badass
Elanor Lawrence
I wanted to like this book. The cover is beautiful, and the promise of a multi-generational story of a British-Pakistani family was intriguing. The opening, where we meet Amjad holding his newborn daughter and mourning the loss of his wife, was moving and drew me right into the story.

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
Zainub Reads
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amjad, finds himself a widower after the sudden death of his wife and is left alone with his new born daughter, Zahra and ten-year old boy, Saahil.

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
Renita D'Silva
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shumaila Taher
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I spent 3 days hungrily devouring pages of The Family Tree, my eyes tracing the words that take up this 500 page novel,  lifting me up, holding me by the hand, whispering sweet lullabies, and urging to feel, to grieve, to be one with the story, and to be swayed away with the characters. At the end of the novel, I felt gratified. 
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
Tahoora Hashmi
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's been 3 days since I finished The Family Tree and I still can't get myself to write a review on it simply because this was one hell of a story which compels so much involvement of the emotions of the reader that I felt almost like I'm a part of the family that is talked about in the book. How am I supposed to critically analyse a book when it feels so close to the heart?! When (in a way) the characters suddenly feel like your own family? 🌳
The Family Tree is the moving story of a British Musl
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
2 stars instead of 1, because for some reason I actually wanted to finish the book. Maybe see if anything would actually happen. But, it did not.

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
Hashim Shamsi
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written story of the experiences of a British Muslim family over the years. You'll find no lazy tropes or stereotypes here. It's refreshing to read a book with characters that actually seem relatable and realistic. As a British Pakistani, many of the themes in this book were resonant - I loved every minute. ...more
Jenny Cooper
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Amjad is a British Muslim of Pakistani heritage, living in Northern England. The story opens in 1993 when Amjad’s wife has just died in childbirth, leaving him with a 10-year old son (Saahil) and a new-born daughter (Zahra). Just as Saahil finishes University, a cataclysmic event occurs which changes all of their lives forever and it is hard to see how they can ever recover from it. The book follows the ups and downs of the family’s fortunes over a 25 year period.

I really enjoyed this book, desp
Saniya Ahmad
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Family Tree by Sairish Hussain revolves around Amjad and his two kids, Saahil and Zahra. The story opens with Amjad having just lost his wife during Zahra's birth. He is now a widowed father who does not know how he'll bring up two children amidst his own grief. Taking one day at a time, he starts moving forward, with the help of his mother, and his friend Harun.

Harun and Meena have a son of their own, Ehsan, and soon Saahil and Ehsan become inseparable. They go through school, college and
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A heart-wrenching tale of love,friendship loss, longing and redemption that will melt your heart into thousand rivulets overflowing with intense emotions.Set in 90s Britain, Amjad is recovering from the loss of his dear wife Neelam, slowly building his life around his ten year old kid Saahil and the newborn Zahra.The much needed help arrived in the form of Amjad's Ammi, close friends Harun and Meena and their son Ehsanl.With time,Saahil & Ehsan turned into intelligent bright lads with promising ...more
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader

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.

Devanshi Sanghani
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has been special to me because it truly described the loss of a mother and how a child still loved their mother even after she has been passed away for years.
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
Tamsin Preece
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was drawn in during the first chapter and the pace of the story was perfect, pulling me in deeper until I couldn’t put it down!

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
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I never write reviews of the books I read, but on this occasion, I feel compelled to. I knew nothing about this book when I first received it, but the story gripped me from the first page until the last (over 500). In a delicately woven narrative, the book took me on a journey through the lives of a Muslim family living in the north of England from the early 90s till the present. Through themes of love, loss, family ties, friendship and racism, it painted a truly authentic picture of life as a B ...more
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
when will I stop crying?
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Sairish Hussain was born and brought up in Bradford, West Yorkshire. She studied English Language and Literature at the University of Huddersfield and progressed onto an MA in Creative Writing. Sairish completed her PhD in 2019 after being awarded the university's Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship. The Family Tree is her debut novel and she is now writing her second book. ...more

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