Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

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Read Home Fire Online Free - “Ingenious… Builds to one of the most memorable final scenes I’ve read in a novel this century.” —The New York Times

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2017 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?



Title : Home Fire
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ISBN : 0735217688
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 276 pages


Reviews


Larry rated it ★★★★☆

August 25, 2017

Ever since their mother and grandmother died within the period of a year, Isma has cared for her younger twin siblings, Aneeka and Parvaiz. Their well-being has always been her first concern, even if it meant sacrificing her own dreams and ambitions. But now that the twins have turned 18, Isma is...


Hannah rated it ★★★☆☆

September 11, 2017

Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.


Adina rated it ★★★★★

September 04, 2017

4.5* rounded up. Home Fire is the candidate I support to win the Booker Prize. Well, I only read 4 nominees until now so it is not a definite opinion. However, it is highly unlikely that I will make too much of an advancement in my reading of the longlist until the shortlist is published so it wi...


Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

August 24, 2017

There are so many timely subjects right now, world concerns and threats, and authors have responded in kind. This novel features two Muslim families in Britain, two families that have very different opinions on family and how to show or display their Muslim beliefs. It moves the themes in Sophocl...


Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★★★☆

August 11, 2017

I went looking for a review copy of this when it was included on the Man Booker Prize Long list, and was approved for one by the publisher through Edelweiss. This is a book that kept morphing as I read it and discussed it, and it ended up in a place far removed from my expectations at the beginnin...


Maxwell rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 21, 2017

I don't give 1-star reviews very often because I feel like I don't read a lot of books I would label as 'bad.' And this book, even, isn't 'bad' in my eyes. But when I think about things I enjoyed regarding this novel, there's pretty much nothing redeemable for me. The characters were flat, the pl...


Hugh rated it ★★★★★

August 14, 2017

When the Booker longlist was announced, this was one of the books that most interested me, because I really enjoyed Shamsie's previous two novels (A God in Every Stone and Burnt Shadows). I was a little nervous when I read that this is a modern retelling of Antigone, because my knowledge of the c...


Roman Clodia rated it ★★★★★

June 29, 2017

Inspired by Sophocles' Antigone, this has a slightly shaky start but then soars into an outstanding tragedy of love, politics, justice and humanity. By drawing on Athenian tragedy, Shamsie makes the point that clashes of civic law vs a deeper, more humane sense of what is right have always been...


Paul rated it ★★★★☆

August 19, 2017

‘What do you say to your father when he makes a speech like that? Do you say, Dad, you’re making it OK to stigmatise people for the way they dress? Do you say, what kind of idiot stands in front of a group of teenagers and tells them to conform? Do you say, why didn’t you mention that among the...


Claire rated it ★★★★★

August 05, 2017

I read Home Fire in two days, I thought it was brilliantly done, heartbreaking, tragic, essential. Underpinning the novel is the premise of Sophocles' 5thC BC play Antigone, an exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's...





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