4.5
Home Fire

Home Fire: A Novel by Kamila Shamsie

LA Times review:

“Shamsie’s writing is measured and beautiful, and the novel ends with a shock that readers won’t likely be able to forget.”

Featured in LA Times’ Best Fiction books of 2017.

NPR review:

“With a range of perspectives and a plot that moves from Massachusetts to London to Syria and back, it’s a gutsy novel.”

Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.

The Guardian review:

“Of the many classical reboots, the most interesting was Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire, which contrasts the role of the modern state with timeless bonds of love and loyalty by replaying the Antigone myth through the story of two sisters and their jihadi brother.”

Featured in The Guardian’s Best Fiction Books of 2017.

New York Times review:

“A bold retelling of Sophocles’ ‘Antigone’ that follows the lives of three British siblings of Pakistani descent.”

Featured in New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017.

Washington Post review:

“The legacy of a dead jihadist haunts the lives of his three children, who are leading dramatically different lives in England, Syria and the United States.”

Featured in Washington Post’s 50 Notable Fiction Books of 2017.

Aggregated customer review rating:

4.5 out of 5.0

Ranked 68th in Books

Ranked 16th in Fiction

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“Ingenious… Builds to one of the most memorable final scenes I’ve read in a novel this century”, The New York Times calls this gripping novel called Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie. The suspenseful and heartbreaking story has been longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Home Fire follows the journey of protagonist, Isma and of an immigrant family driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences for all. Isma is finally free after years of watching out for her younger siblings after her mother’s death. She has accepted an invitation from a mentor in America to resume a dream long left unfulfilled.

Although she wants to follow through with her goals, she cannot stop worrying and fretting about her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, Aneeka or their brother, Parvaiz. Parvaiz has disappeared, pursuing his own dream to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. When he resurfaces halfway across the globe away, Isma’s worst fears are confirmed.

Then the son of a powerful political figure, Eamonn enters the sisters’ lives. He has his own heavy decisions to make- will he give up his own birthright or live up to? The fate of the two family become irrevocably intertwined and sacrifices will be made in the name of love and family.

More praise has come in:
“[U]rgent and explosive … near perfect … a difficult book to put down.” —NPR

“[A] haunting novel, full of dazzling moments and not a few surprising turns…Home Fire blazes with the kind of annihilating devastation that transcends grief.” —Washington Post

“Achingly good…[and] shrewdly subversive.” —The New York Times Book Review

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