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message 1: by Michaela (last edited Apr 02, 2019 02:24AM) (new)

Michaela (misilu) | 36 comments Mod
We are excited to announce our April/May read for the Fairy Book Club! Still on our jaunt around the world to find and share great books, this time we chose to read from a Bangladeshi author who, in her first novel, shares her experience of moving to a foreign land - London. We have some copies to give away too! Head to and go to the latest blog entry to enter!

About Brick Lane:

Monica Ali's gorgeous first novel is the deeply moving story of one woman, Nazneen, born in a Bangladeshi village and transported to London at age eighteen to enter into an arranged marriage. Already hailed by the London Observer as "one of the most significant British novelists of her generation," Ali has written a stunningly accomplished debut about one outsider's quest to find her voice.
What could not be changed must be borne. And since nothing could be changed, everything had to be borne. This principle ruled her life. It was mantra, fettle, and challenge.

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.

Will you join us on this jorney? Let us know in the comments!

message 2: by Cordelia (new)

Cordelia (cordeliareads) | 324 comments Mod
Thank you for the announcement!

message 3: by Samantha (new)

Samantha | 37 comments I won’t be joining you with this month’s read though it does sound like one for the to read list

I’ve joined The Walking Book Club and hope to start listening to Where The Crawdads Sing whilst getting myself out after work. Plus I’m still reading The Street Philosopher which I believe was also Matthew Plampin’s first novel

I will check in though for your comments

message 4: by Renata (new)

Renata | 30 comments Noted! Will procure a copy soon.

message 5: by Shefali (new)

Shefali (shefalibanerji) | 1 comments Looking forward to reading this one!

message 6: by Ester (new)

Ester Litago Rabasco (estercristinanoelia) | 85 comments Well, I'm already reading it :)

message 7: by Samantha (new)

Samantha | 37 comments As this read goes into May I will be joining you as finished the other books now.

Just need to get a copy

Are there many ppl reading it

message 8: by Samantha (new)

Samantha | 37 comments Have you read much of it Ester

It’s a true story is it?

I’ll have some WiFi tomorrow so hope to download it then and make a start

message 9: by Ester (new)

Ester Litago Rabasco (estercristinanoelia) | 85 comments Not too much!:)
I have looked in google and I do not find it to be a true story!

message 10: by Samantha (new)

Samantha | 37 comments Aha just read write up on the book again and I see she shares her experience of moving so perhaps that’s the true part
Also on reflection it’s called a novel so I think that means it is fiction with perhaps a little reality
It sounds interesting though also will be difficult

message 11: by Cordelia (new)

Cordelia (cordeliareads) | 324 comments Mod
What did everyone think of the book? I'd love to post someone's review of it for the Book Fairy Blog if anyone has a chance :)

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