Publisher: HighBridge Company
Date: September 2003
Duration: 11 hours 11 minutes
A stunning debut novel by the only unpublished writer named one of the best young British Novelists 2003 by Granta.
Short-listed for the 2003 Booker Prize
Are we powerless before fate? This broad question floats above Brick Lane, sinks slowly through the air over Bangladesh, and finally comes to rest on the windowsill of a small East End flat. This is the story of two sisters--one who chooses her destiny by opting for a "love marriage" and one who lets destiny dictate her future when she is married off to an older man and moves with him to a small, claustrophobic London flat.
But in a classic twist of fate, the sister who chooses her fate meets bitter hardship while Nazneen slowly comes to understand that she can affect the course of her own destiny. This beautifully rendered transformation happens slowly, quietly in the confines of her small flat, then suddenly and with brilliance through the person of the fiery young radical, Karim. In Brick Lane, Ali shows us that, as with most of life, the question of fate is not understood through sharply defined truths, rather through slow ripening and willingness to embrace sometimes opposing ideas.