By (author) Roopa Farooki
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Bitter Sweets by Roopa Farooki
Book DescriptionWith this spellbinding first novel about the destructive lies three immigrant generations of a Pakistani/Bangladeshi family tell each other, Roopa Farooki adds a fresh new voice to the company of Zadie Smith, Jhumpa Lahiri and Arudhati Roy.Henna Rub is a precocious teenager whose wheeler-dealer father never misses a business opportunity and whose sumptuous Calcutta marriage to wealthy romantic Ricky-Rashid Karim is achieved by an audacious network of lies. Ricky will learn the truth about his seductive bride, but the way is already paved for a future of double lives and deception--family traits that will filter naturally through the generations, forming an instinctive and unspoken tradition. Even as a child, their daughter Shona, herself conceived on a lie and born in a liar's house, finds telling fibs as easy as ABC. But years later, living above a sweatshop in South London's Tooting Bec, it is Shona who is forced to discover unspeakable truths about her loved ones and come to terms with what superficially holds her family together--and also keeps them apart--across geographical, emotional and cultural distance. Roopa Farooki has crafted an intelligent, engrossing and emotionally powerful Indian family saga that will stay with you long after you've read the last page.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780312382063
Paperback / softback
(213mm x 136mm x 26mm)
Publish Date: 30-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Roopa Farooki
Good Children, Paperback (October 2014)
From the twice Orange Prize longlisted author of BITTER SWEETS and THE FLYING MAN. Perfect for any reader of Jhumpa Lahiri and Khamila Shamsie.
Flying Man, Paperback (August 2012)
From the twice Orange Prize longlisted author, THE FLYING MAN is the story of the ultimate immigrant, a man who fits in everywhere and nowhere. Perfect for fans of Hanif Kureshi, Kamila Shamsie, Jhumpa Lahiri
Way Things Look to Me, Paperback / softback (August 2012)View all books by Roopa Farooki
Longlisted for the Orange Prize, "The Way Things Look to Me" is a deeply moving portrayal of a family in crisis, caught between duty and love in a tangled relationship both bitter and bittersweet.
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Author Biography - Roopa Farooki
ROOPA FAROOKI was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and brought up in London. She graduated from New College, Oxford in 1995 and worked in advertising before writing fiction full time. Roopa now lives in North London and Southwest France with her husband and son.
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