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Publisher's Summary

"Ingenious... Builds to one of the most memorable final scenes I've read in a novel this century." (The New York Times)

Winner of the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction

Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize

The suspenseful and heartbreaking story of an immigrant family 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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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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Great book

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

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Exceptional and timely story

Great books like this one offer a look into lives the reader could not know on his own, and the author does a wonderful job bringing the complexities of Muslim Londoners to life. Fascinating characters and a surprise ending also contribute to making this a fascinating read.

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Wow wow wow wow

Oh my god. So so so so so good. Best book I’ve read in years. Well worth the read. Beautifully read by Tania Rodrigues. Oh my god.

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Superb compelling heartbreaking story

Great story from multiple perspectives. Kind of a page-turner as well. Great writing but (relatively) simple language.

Narrator did a great job with it as well, but was not overbearing, barely noticed narrator and focused entirely on the story.

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Beautiful

This book was absolutely beautiful. The perspectives shown, the personalities developed, everything about it was simply beautiful. I would highly recommend.

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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.