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Brick Lane

Monica Ali / Ayesha Dharker
Nazneen's inauspicious entry to the world, an apparent stillbirth on the hard mud floor of a Bangladeshi village hut, imbues in her a sense of fatalism that she carries across continents when she is married off to Chanu. Her life in London's Tower Hamlets is, on the surface, calm. For years, keeping house and rearing children, she does what is expected of her. Yet Nazneen walks a tightrope stretched between her daughters' embarrassment and her husband's resentments. Into that fragile peace walks Karim. He sets questions before her, of longing and belonging; he opens her eyes and directs her gaze - but what she sees, in the end, comes as a suprise to them both. Woven through the novel, Hasina's letters from her sister, Dhaka, recount a world of overwhelming adversity. Shaped - yet ultimately not bound - by their landscapes and memories, both sisters struggle to dream themselves out of the rules prescribed for them.

  • Published by HarperCollins
  • Fiction/Non-FictionFiction
  • Genre General Fiction
  • Target Audience Adult
  • Released 15th June 2005
  • Duration 6 Hrs. 10 Mins.
  • ISBN 9780007219520