Article published on January 13, 2017.
Not only does Tahmima Anam feature in the nb91 – Winter 2017 issue of nb magazine with the paperback of her new novel, The Bones of Grace, as an nb Recommended Read we thought we’d make it a hat trick and present her previous two novels as nudge Recommended Reads.
If you’re an nb reader you’ll already know that the Recommended Reads we feature in every issue are the ones we think are worth paying particular attention to – nudge Recommended Reads are the online only equivalent – and we work with publishers to offer a limited number of copies free (UK only; p&p applies) to our readers, available to order from the nudge shop while stocks last.
Why not take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to explore the work of Tahmima Anam and discover a writer Granta named as one of their Best of Young British Novelists?
A Golden Age
Spring, 1971, East Pakistan. Rehana Haque is throwing a party for her beloved children, Sohail and Maya. Her young family is growing up fast, and Rehana wants to remember this day forever. But out on the hot city streets, something violent is brewing. As the civil war develops, a war which will eventually see the birth of Bangladesh, Rehana struggles to keep her children safe and finds herself facing a heartbreaking dilemma.
The Good Muslim
After years away from her family, Maya Haque is on the journey home to Dhaka. But what if, as Maya discovers, everything you once knew has changed beyond recognition? What if you must re-learn what it means to be a good daughter? And how do you begin to understand a brother who has taken a path so different from your own? Maya faces these questions and many more in The Good Muslim, an extraordinary novel about faith, family and the long shadow of war.
About the author
Tahmima Anam is an anthropologist and novelist. Her debut novel, A Golden Age, was winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. In 2013, she was named one of Granta‘s Best of Young British Novelists. Her writing has appeared in The Financial Times, The Guardian, the Independent, and she is a Contributing Opinion Writer for the International New York Times. She was a judge for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she was educated at Mount Holyoke College and Harvard University and now lives in Hackney, East London.
A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam, published on 3 May, 2012 by Canongate Books, in paperback at £8.99
The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam, published on 3 May, 2012 by Canongate Books, in paperback at £8.99
Main image photo credit © Abeer Y Hoque
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