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Home Fire (2017)

de Kamila Shamsie

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"From an internationally acclaimed novelist, the suspenseful and heartbreaking story of a family ripped apart by secrets and 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, an invitation from a mentor in America has allowed 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 the 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?"--… (més)
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audiobook (8 hours), fiction (Pakistani Muslim immigrants in England, love story complicated by brother's having been recruited by terrorist extremists)

Not sure I like the overly dramatic ending, but I guess it goes along with the messily complicated circumstances of the story. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 15, 2021 |
This is a very difficult book to read. Not that the writing is dense or the vocabulary elevated, but the situation it presents is complex. Like real life is complex. Like family is complex. I will be spending some time thinking about it and the people in it. Those are the best books to , the ones that understand everything is actually shades of gray, not black and white. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
All Aneeka wants is to bring her twin brother's body to England from Pakistan, but her father's history and the British Home Secretary's politics stand in the way.

Kamila Shamsie's reimagining of Sophocles' play "Antigone" takes an interesting look at the treatment of British Muslims, tackling racism and terrorism and how they impact the lives of a Pakistani family trying to honor their brother. I enjoyed getting involved with all the political machinations and the well-drawn characters, each with their own particular point of view. And it presents a worthy interpretation of the original material.

Definitely worth reading. ( )
  ocgreg34 | Mar 31, 2021 |
This modern “Antigone” story begins as Isma is traveling from Britain to the USA. Her family, originally from Pakistan, had migrated to London, and they are Muslim. Her mostly absent jihadi father had died while being taken to Guantanamo. Isma has raised her younger twin siblings, Aneeka and Parvaiz, after her mother’s death. She is finally going to pursue her dream, Ph.D. in sociology in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her status as a British Muslim creates obstacles as she travels and navigates a long-distance relationship with her siblings.

While in Amherst, Isma stays in touch with her sister Aneeka via Skype and other online access points. However, her brother Parvaiz distanced himself from the family, followed in his late father’s footsteps, and became involved with ISIS. At a local coffee shop, Isma meets Eamonn, a Brit with a Muslim background. Eamonn’s father is Home Secretary, a high official in Britain. Karamat Lone, the father, has advised Muslims to conform to modern society, and he demonstrates contempt for mosque habits, which is part of his heritage. Isma and Eamonn strike up a guarded friendship. Eamonn returns to London and begins a love affair with Aneeka. Through Eamonn's falling in love with Aneeka, Shamsie shows her strength as a writer as she develops her plot and conveys powerful themes and conflicts for the reader to consider. The story is riveting. Rather than summarize it, the following list represents what I thought about while reading:

Strength of love and family
Power of religious faith and what persists when one develops contempt for the customs of ancestors
Birthright of citizenship
Burial rights
Common issues of migrants and women
Bonds between fathers and sons; the need for father figures
Sibling relationships; bonds of twins
Abandonment
Shame
Habits of secrecy; the role of secrecy in families and politics
Cults, scams, and brainwashing
The sociological impact of war on terror
Forgiveness; consequences of being unforgiving and rigid
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  LindaLoretz | Mar 15, 2021 |
Every once in a while I delay picking up a book because it intimidates me or because I'm being a book snob. If it's too popular that must mean that it's fluffy and I won't enjoy it. If it has won too many awards therefore it must be too difficult or too deep and I won't enjoy it. Usually I end up reading it years later and end up kicking myself for not reading it sooner. This is one that I should have picked up when I saw how many friends raved about it. I couldn't put it down and my heart was pounding when I read the last page.
  ChelleBearss | Mar 9, 2021 |
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"From an internationally acclaimed novelist, the suspenseful and heartbreaking story of a family ripped apart by secrets and 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, an invitation from a mentor in America has allowed 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 the 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?"--

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