Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mothers death, shes accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred. But she cant stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, whos 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, Ismas worst fears are confirmed.Then Eamonn enters the sisters lives. Son of a powerful political figure, he has his own birthright to live up toor defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaizs 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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Home Fire Reviews
It's probably me.
This happens to me not infrequently these days. I read a book. I can recognise, intellectually, that it is well written. The concept is an intriguing one - to re-write the Antigone story in an up-to-date setting (and it IS very up-to-date); it has a lot to say about the state of politics in our twittering, tweeting world, in our world of asymmetrical warfare; the characters resonate, the writing never jars, the font is large enough, it sneaks in at well under 300 pages so I can' ...more
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 beginning. Nowhere in the publisher summary or promotional material does it mention that the author is also basing this novel on the myth of Antigone, but she has, and that proves important in understanding some ...more
A few years ago, one of my best friends eloped to marry a wonderful man. The fact that he was Muslim never even registered with me until she, a former Catholic, tentatively started telling people about this. She got mixed reactions even from those closest to her. Most recently her longest standing friend from London flatly refused to come visit her in SA because of “that Muslim” whom she has never spoken to or met. It broke her heart.
So, at the start of Eamonn and Aneeka’s relationship I though ...more
This book reminded me of why I love fiction so much.
Sometimes I pick up a book for escapism, sometimes to be challenged by a writer who is a master with language, occasionally it's because I feel obligated to read a particular book. Home Fire reminded me that if I was to distill my enjoyment down to one factor it would be the pleasure to be had from placing yourself in the minds and lives of others. Particularly when these others are experiencing things you thought you could never understand. ...more
Winner of the 2018 Women's Prize. And a book which seems uncanningly prescient given the recent change in Home Secretary.
A book I originally read due to its longlisting for the 2017 Booker prize and by an author whose previous works I have not read.
In the stories of wicked tyrants men and women are punished with exile, bodies are kept from their families –their heads impaled on spikes, their corpses thrown into unmarked graves. All these things happen according to the law, but not according to...more
Wow! To say this is a powerful book would be an understatement. It is riveting, thought provoking and totally compelling. And that ending, oh my word, that ending!
I know that this book was based on Antigone, but not being familiar with the story hasn't detracted from my enjoyment of this book, although it has made me curious to learn more and I have placed a hold at the library for Ali Smith's retelling (albeit for kids!) The Story of Antigone. I may come back to his book (or at least this revi ...more
Update ... WINNER for the women’s prize of fiction for 2018!!!!!
SHORT LISTED FOR THE WOMAN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION
LONG LISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE
Personal and political life merges together in the most heartbreaking of ways when a man loves a woman whose family is connected to a Muslim terrorist.
The author explores justice, love, and passion in ways that can be compared to older classics - think Romeo and Juliet - yet set in modern time.
Beautifully written - poetic - great character de ...more