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Author: Tahmima Anam
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780670082896
One hot afternoon in a remote Bangladeshi village, a telegram arrives for Maya Haque. Eight years before, a devastating war tore Maya’s country - and her family - apart. Now she realises it is time to return home at last. Maya arrives to find that everything has changed.
Her old friends have been seduced by the lure of new money, her city’s streets have been renamed and the freedom she had once yearned for is a long forgotten dream. Worst of all, her beloved brother Sohail has become a stranger to her, abandoning his liberal beliefs to become a strict religious leader.
As she attempts to come to terms with her brother’s radicalism, Maya will be forced to rethink what it means to be a good daughter, sister, friend and citizen-and a good Muslim. She must decide where her loyalties ultimately lie.
Set in the dusty streets of Dhaka and the villages and river-islands of rural Bangladesh, at a time when the rise of religious fundamentalism was a whisper in the wind, The Good Muslim is an epic, unforgettable story of the challenges of peace in the long shadow of war. It is a novel that cleaves to the simple truths that shape all of our lives: that the bonds of family and love often strain to bear the weight of history.
"What happens to a heart ravaged by war? What happens to the strongest bonds of familial love when a son or a brother walks down a path that seems incomprehensible? In this book of searing beauty, Tahmima Anam shows us a family searching for ways to navigate through these questions; in the process she takes us on an unforgettable journey through a young nation trying to define itself."
--- Kamila Shamsie, author of Burnt Shadows
"A Bengali Suite Française."
--- Jonathan Freed-land, News-night Review
PRAISE FOR A GOLDEN AGE:
"Anam has done a service to her country . . . No other writer has treated the subject with such clarity before, in English."
--- The Times Literary Supplement
"A Golden Age Compellingly twists the Personal and the historical, humming with handed down wisdom."
--- The Literary Review
"The definitive 1971 Novel."
--- The Daily Star
"An ambitious and powerful debut."
--- New Statesman
"A Striking debut novel Anam deftly weaves the personal and the political, giving the terrors of war spare, powerful treatment."
--- The New Yorker