Home Fire

Home Fire

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother's death, an invitation from a mentor in America has allowed her to resume a dream long deferred. But she can't stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. When he resurfaces half the globe away, Isma's worst fears are confirmed. Then Eamonn enters the sisters' lives. Son of a powerful political figure, he has his own birthright to live up to--or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz's salvation? Suddenly, two families' fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined, in this searing novel that asks: What sacrifices will we make in the name of love?
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780735217690
0735217696
9780735217683
0735217688
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 22 cm

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"From an internationally acclaimed novelist, the suspenseful and heartbreaking story of a family ripped apart by secrets and driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences."


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trickbag22
Oct 06, 2018

So much in this book to savor. The prose and imagery. I think my favorite is the image of grief is from Aneeka, when her twin brother is murdered. "Grief raged, grief whimpered, grief made time compress and contract, grief tasted like hunger, felt like numbness, sounded like silence, grief tasted like bile, felt like blades, sounded like all the noise of the world.
This is what I feel when politics and humanity collide. They cannot coexist peacefully. It is one side or the other. I choose humanity

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Rock_Shadow
Jul 23, 2018

While the topic of this novel is timely and important, sadly, the characters are underdeveloped, and writing little bit flat and confusing.

I can see how Shamsie would be passionate about her novel: Antigone’s story is like no other. Struggles for justice, honor, love, family, power, have always been fascinating. I just wish the author took more time to develop the characters.

I connected with Isma, but not at all with Aneeka; just didn’t feel honesty in her relationship with others, especially with Eamonn. I think the writer would have done better telling Isma’s story, whatever that would or might be. Without deeper understanding of what drives these characters, the novel ends up just a quick read. Aneeka, most of all, needs much more depth! Eamonn’s awakening seems to come out of nowhere. Karamat’s revelations hold interest; unfortunately, one good scene can’t save the rest of the story. I still believe the book is a worthwhile effort, and would recommend reading it.

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molly
Jun 14, 2018

Tiny print

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bookhangover
Jun 06, 2018

Home Fire has just won the 2018 Woman's Fiction Award.

kobrien3 Mar 13, 2018

Once I saw that this was a modern day adaptation of Sophocles' Antigone, I had to read it. This is a beautifully written story about love, loss, and loyalty from the differing perspectives of three siblings from a British Muslim family. When Isma leaves for America to pursue her academic dreams and Parvaiz follows in the footsteps of the jihadist father they never knew, sisters Aneeka and Isma clash over their disparate reactions to his decision. This heartbreakingly intense read made the long list for the Man Booker Prize in 2017, and will be a good pick for readers who enjoy complex characters and well written family centered stories.

LPL_MeredithW Feb 26, 2018

An absolutely stunning novel about the intersection of family, faith, and politics, told in beautiful, clear language.

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brangwinn
Feb 13, 2018

An interesting story about Pakistani immigrant families in Britain. As a onlooker into this community, if nothing else this dispels the view that all immigrants share the same views, as well as a look at how Muslim hardliners recruit innocent people.

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becker
Jan 18, 2018

This is such a novel of our times and well worth reading. It addresses the fears, struggles and concerns that a British Muslim family deal with as the try to live down the legacy of their deceased father. It is told in five parts from five different perspectives which gives the story a well rounded feeling and leaves most questions answered. A very good novel for putting yourself into someone else's shoes.

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uncommonreader
Jan 11, 2018

Brilliant. The personal is political; the political is personal. Highly recommended.

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atwood_benner_cho
Jan 05, 2018

Heartbreaking novel, about two Pakistani-English families, one father a jihadi, the other father a high-ranking government official. Their childrens' lives collide in an unexpected way. One of my best reads of 2017.

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