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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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Great book

The narration wonderful, the book great and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to everyone

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one of most important books of this time

this book is incredibly well -written with well developed characters a compelling and timely plot and a confident beautifully controlled narrative. do not miss this book.

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Topical and Solid, but something was missing

Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, Home Fire is a relevant insider's perspective on the way Muslims are perceived in our airports, media, and society. However, I felt a coldness or distance between the characters and myself and I wasn't swayed by the prose. Not sure I would have been able to finish without TR's narration.

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Amazing but I want to scream

I loved most of this book. The character development was really good. At times, when the book changes perspectives, the first several
minutes are a bit confusing or jolting. I didn’t love the ending but I understand why it was at it was.

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More to the story

It ends with a cliff hanger and stories untold Kamila needs to do a sequel

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Powerful

This book was quietly powerful...so much so that I didn’t realize how invested I was in it until I was halfway through it. The beginning is a bit slow, but important in retrospect, and I’m glad I didn’t give up on the book when I first started. Be patient with the first few chapters, the setup of the plot, and you will be rewarded with a much quicker pace, a building frenzy of urgency and importance, and beautifully written prose.

The narrator was perfection. I was lost in the story, and part of my ability to immerse myself in the characters’ lives is because the narrator does such a great job at reading the story without getting in the way of it. Her accents were impeccable. Her inflection was exactly right. I’d listen to her read a million more books.

This story will stay with me for a long time. It’s haunting in its portrayal of all the different sides of family, of terrorism, of religion, of racism. I only wish it had been longer, as I was so enjoying the writing style of Shamsie.

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Important, heartbreaking and fascinating.

Unbelievable book, changed my whole perspective on many things! I was so sucked in and couldn't stop talking about it to anyome who'd listen. Also very glad to have listened to it because pronunciations would have been hard. Wicked abrupt ending though!

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Great read!

A book that grabs reader from the start with beautiful complex characters and an unpredictable storyline that is well written and compelling.

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I wish I had more times with the characters. the book was too short. good story though

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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.