Brick Lane

Brick Lane

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By (author) Monica Ali

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  • Publisher: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 34mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 11 August 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0552774456
  • ISBN 13: 9780552774451
  • Sales rank: 177,697

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At the tender age of nineteen, Nazneen's life is turned upside down. After an arranged marriage to a man twenty years her elder she exchanges her Bangladeshi village home for a block of flats in London's East End. In this new world, where poor people can be fat and even dogs go on diets, she struggles to make sense of her existence - and to do her duty to her husband. A man of inflated ideas (and stomach), he sorely tests her compliance. But Nazneen submits, as she must do, to Fate and devotes her life to raising her family and slapping down her demons of discontent. Until Karim, a young radical, steps into the picture. Against a background of escalating racial and gang conflict, they embark on an affair that finally forces Nazneen to take control of her life...

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Monica Ali was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and grew up in England. She is one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists of the decade, Newcomer of the Year at the 2004 British Book Awards and has been nominated for most of the major literary prizes in Britain. BRICK LANE was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, the George Orwell Prize for political writing and the prestigious Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Internationally there has been similar recognition including, in the United States, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times 'First Fiction' Prize where the book was shortlisted. Monica Ali lives in London with her husband and two children.

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"Ali has an impressive command of her story, but her real gift is in the richness of the lives she has created, populating Nazneen's London with a very entertaining cast of comic characters" The Times "I was totally gripped by Brick Lane. A brilliant evocation of sensuality which might occur anywhere" Daily Telegraph "Written with a wisdom and skill that few authors attain in a lifetime" The Sunday Times "Comedy and poignancy abound... Brick Lane is a wonderful debut" Sunday Telegraph "Brick Lane has everything: richly complex characters, a gripping story and it's funny too" Observer