By Monica Ali

ISBN-10: 0743249712

ISBN-13: 9780743249713

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Monica Ali's attractive first novel is the deeply relocating tale of 1 lady, Nazneen, born in a Bangladeshi village and transported to London at age eighteen to go into into an prepared marriage. Already hailed by way of the London Observer as "one of the main major British novelists of her generation," Ali has written a stunningly comprehensive debut approximately one outsider's quest to discover her voice.

What couldn't be replaced needs to be borne. and because not anything will be replaced, every little thing needed to be borne. This precept governed her existence. It was once mantra, fettle, and challenge.

Nazneen's inauspicious access into the area, an obvious stillbirth at the demanding dust ground of a village hut, imbues in her a feeling of fatalism that she incorporates throughout continents whilst she is married off to Chanu, a guy sufficiently old to be her father. Nazneen strikes to London and, for years, retains residence, cares for her husband, and bears young children, simply as a lady from the village is meant to do. yet steadily she is reworked by way of her adventure, and starts off to query even if destiny controls her or even if she has a hand in her personal destiny.

Motherhood is a catalyst -- Nazneen's daughters chafe opposed to their father's traditions and delight -- and to her personal amazement, Nazneen falls in love with a tender guy locally. She discovers either the complexity that includes loose selection and the intensity of her attachment to her husband, her daughters, and her new world.
While Nazneen trips alongside her course of self-realization, her sister, Hasina, rushes headlong at her lifestyles, first creating a "love marriage," then fleeing her violent husband. Woven throughout the novel, Hasina's letters from Dhaka recount an international of overwhelming adversity. formed, but now not sure, via their landscapes and thoughts, either sisters fight to dream -- and reside -- past the principles prescribed for them.

Vivid, profoundly humane, and fantastically rendered, Brick Lane captures an international without delay incredible and achingly normal. And it establishes Monica Ali as an exhilarating new voice in fiction. As Kirkus Reviews stated, "She is a kind of risky writers who see everything."

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