Join us for an afternoon to discuss Kamila Shamsie’s novel Home Fire - winner of the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction.
“The suspenseful and heartbreaking story of an immigrant family driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences.”
A contemporary reworking of Sophocles’ Antigone, Home Fire tells the story of a British Muslim family’s connection to Isis. Isma is finally free to follow her dream of studying in America, following years raising her twin siblings after their mother’s death. But she cannot stop worrying about her beautiful, headstrong sister Aneeka, still in London, or their brother Parvaiz, who is pursuing his own ambition: to work for Isis.
The judges of the Women’s Prize voted unanimously for Home Fire, citing Shamsie’s “prescience” and praising the book for being “funny and exact about the Muslim experience, what it means to be challenged on your identity, what it means choosing between public and private”.
Kamila Shamsie is the author of seven novels: In the City by the Sea, which was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; Salt and Saffron; Kartography, also shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; Broken Verses; Burnt Shadows, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and A God in Every Stone, which was shortlisted for the Baileys Prize, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Her most recent novel, Home Fire, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Three of her novels have received awards from Pakistan’s Academy of Letters. Kamila Shamsie is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was named a Granta Best of Young British Novelist in 2013. She grew up in Karachi and now lives in London.
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