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Home Fire Audiobook

Home Fire: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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?

©2017 Kamila Shamsie (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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    "Another Superb Offering from Shamsie"

    Characters excellent. IS recruiters seem a bit of a caricature though. The story was riveting and heartbreaking as well. I loved that the women were portrayed in full dimension including being sexual beings. This is a rarity for Muslim women, especially Pakistani women in literature. I also appreciated the "true feeling" of characters who live in the west, and may have warm memories of the warmth of family traditions/holidays etc but do not embrace the religion as an adult. This is seen all the time in movies and literature and art with Jews and Christians in the modern world, but rarely with Muslims. I appreciated this variety of portrayals of Pakistani immigrants now living in the UK and US. There is no "typical', just like with all people, just the infinite variety.

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    J Reynolds 09-19-17
    J Reynolds 09-19-17
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    "Beautiful, timely,engrossing."

    This is a story that feels real and makes you rethink your assumptions. Beautifully read as well.

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    Linda Jewett 09-06-17
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    "Characters remarkably unengaging"

    This story is ripe with possibility, but the characters are so poorly developed that finding a character that tugs at your emotions is impossible, thus the storyline falls flat and fails to inspire discussion, sympathy or further contemplation. This is a shame because the world today needs a vehicle that stimulates discussion of cruelty, religious intolerance, bias and fervor.
    The promised "surprise" ending is more predictable than the publishers hype would lead you to believe.

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