Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

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Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

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Amber’s pick: It may take a bit to get your footing on this one, but once you do I guarantee you will be hooked! Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie is told from five different viewpoints of two British families with Muslim backgrounds, each with vastly different experiences. We witness them struggle with the question of “What is the stronger bond? Blood, or love?” while constantly living in the shadow of threat. A timely novel that’s based on Sophocles’ Antigone, prepare for a tragedy!! It definitely has one of the most memorable final scenes that I’ve read in a long while, and the characters never really leave you.

About the book: Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she’s accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows 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 a 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?

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