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Isma is free. After years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother's death, she is finally studying in America, resuming 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.

Then Eamonn enters the sisters' lives. Handsome and privileged, he inhabits a London worlds away from theirs. As the son of a powerful British Muslim politician, Eamonn has his own birthright to live up to - or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz's salvation?

Two families' fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined in this searing novel that asks: what sacrifices will we make in the name of love? A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles' Antigone, Home Fire is an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide - confirming Kamila Shamsie as a master storyteller of our times.

©2017 Kamila Shamsie (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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  • Hugh M. Clarke
  • 04-07-18

Disappointing

The book has been much talked about and praised. I'm disappointed. Some sections are very mundane and the characters fail to engage me. Attempts to reflect the ancient Greek tragedies do not convince.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-03-18

worth a read

I loved the story and would recommend it but the ending was frustrating. not happy it finished like that

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-30-18

Fantastic !

Loved it. Thought provoking, revealing the effects of religious extremism on both sides. Highly recommended.

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  • Carol
  • 02-26-18

Interesting read - not at all predictable

If you could sum up Home Fire in three words, what would they be?

Different, though provoking

What other book might you compare Home Fire to, and why?

Not sure this work could be compared to any other.

What does Tania Rodrigues bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

There was a perspective of a class of people that was quite unfamiliar to me. It was interesting to understand the impact of the sins of the father. It would be great if the story was expanded in some way in order for the reader to understand the history of the family.

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Quite worth the time. Great characters, well written and plausible.

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  • LC
  • 02-18-18

Wow. Incredible, powerful, chilling.

Themes of love, family, terrorism, politics and the constant struggle for identity are threaded throughout Shamsie's modern retelling of the Greek tragedy Antigone.

Disturbingly, the ancient tragedy plays out well in its current day setting.

Through each character's point of view, Shamsie reveals the complexity and uniqueness of the individual that's otherwise hidden behind religious, political and cultural stereotypes.

I couldn't stop listening - it's a compelling storyline, full of characters I became completely invested in, and is brought to life with excellent narration.

I've just finished and my heart is still pounding. A brilliant, heart wrenching, challenging book.

Highly, highly recommended.