This is a superb book. You really feel deeply for the characters. I was glad that it was on the lenghty side as I didn't want it to end.
This a fascinating book about a young Bangladeshi woman, Nazneen, who is married to a much older Bangladeshi man, and how she adjusts to life with him in London. At first she is not permitted to do much, even leave the apartment, and at the same time receives letters from her sister in Dhaka who is facing limited options as a Muslim woman, too. Nazneed eventually empowers herself to navigate her neighborhood, learn English and take her own job, at the same time falls in love/lust with a young Muslim radical who wants to organize jihad in their community post 9/11.
I really enjoyed this book and I felt I really had a good sense of an immigrant woman's life, and all that it entails.
The story centers around a Bangladeshi woman living in London in an arranged marriage, and her sister back home, who has married for love. An interesting contrast of the two lives, the choices that one makes and the other doesn't. Rich characterizations.
This was a painful book to get through and it's not even that long. I woudln't recommend it.
A brilliant, spicy story of longing and obligation. Characters are thoroughly original, and at times quite funny!