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Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
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bookshelves: newbury-library, booker-longlisted, updated-classics, womens-prize-winner

Families and ideologies collide in a Homeland-worthy plot that races between Massachusetts, London, Turkey and Pakistan. The three Pasha siblings are the orphaned children of an Al Qaeda terrorist who died en route to Guantanamo. Now Isma, the family’s stand-in mother, is off to Amherst to undertake a PhD in sociology. Her younger brother and sister, twins Parvaiz and Aneeka, have an intense bond that lasts even after Parvaiz becomes radicalized and leaves for Syria to join Isis. Aneeka falls in love with Eamonn, the son of the new Home Secretary, Karamat Lone, a nonobservant Muslim who intends to be tough on terrorism. But is she just using him to get a favor from his father? I don’t know the Antigone source material well and didn’t bother studying up on it. The novel can be enjoyed without, and the most ‘dramatic’ moments, like a keening over an open coffin, are the hardest to believe anyway. The ending is terrific. Of the 3.25 I’ve read from the Women’s Prize shortlist, I’m betting on this or Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing winning.
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Reading Progress

September 7, 2017 – Shelved
September 7, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
May 2, 2018 – Started Reading
May 3, 2018 – Shelved as: newbury-library
May 3, 2018 – Shelved as: booker-longlisted
May 3, 2018 – Shelved as: updated-classics
May 6, 2018 – Finished Reading
June 7, 2018 – Shelved as: womens-prize-winner

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Diane Wallace Great review, Rebecca!


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