HOME FIRE by Kamila Shamsie

HOME FIRE by Kamila Shamsie

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    HOME FIRE by Kamila Shamsie
    Selection for Tuesday evening October 16,2018

    August 15, 2017 hardcover

    You don't need to recall much about Sophocles' tale of Antigone to be swept up by Kamila Shamsie's plot-driven and lyrical contemporary retelling. 

    Shamsie, a native of Karachi who has written six previous novels, sets Home Fire among two Pakistani emigre families living in very different communities in London. Isma Pasha, the devout orphaned daughter of a jihadi fighter, has raised her younger sister and brother in the largely Asian neighborhood of Wembly. Eamonn, the son of the British Home Secretary (a secularlized Muslim) has grown up in posh Holland Park. His family has the power to help hers, and their friendship leads inexorably to a dramatic political crisis. The classical antecedents of this story are virtually invisible behind precisely noticed modern day details of Twitter trends, tabloid news and text messages. Shifting points of view allow Shamsie to explore the different relationships at stake, from family loyalties to sexual passion, and these intimate connections counterbalance her broader political point. This is a beautifully written, angry, romantic novel that succeeds in being both timely and timeless. 

    288 pages  ISBN: 9780735217683