Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 6:22pm -- BHanley

Home Fire is a riveting story about a tight-knit British-Pakistani family of three siblings whose life goals, secrets, and choices bind them together and drive them apart. Isma, the eldest daughter and pseudo-mother, moves to Massachusetts after being offered a professional opportunity. She leaves behind her twin siblings, Aneeka and Parvaiz. Aneeka has started college, while Parvaiz is ambling through life without a clear future. One day, Parvaiz stops communicating with his twin and everyone else, and it comes to light that he has pursued the troubled legacy of their jihadist father (of whom they have few memories). The story is told from five perspectives: the siblings and two other integral characters. It’s a suspenseful and powerful family saga that peels back the layers of ties – to family, love, and country. How far are you willing to go for the ones you love? For readers of international fiction and contemporary immigrant stories, Home Fire is a great follow-up read to A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza and The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar.

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