The Good Muslim

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Text Publishing Company, May 31, 2011 - Fiction - 304 pages
One hot afternoon in a remote Bangladeshi village, a telegram brings life-changing news to Maya Haque's door...

Eight years before, a brutal war tore Maya's country – and her family – apart. Now Maya realises it is time to return home at last. She arrives to find that everything has changed. Her old friends have been seduced by the lure of new money, her city streets have been renamed and the freedom she had once yearned for is a long-forgotten dream.

Worst of all, her beloved brother, Sohail, has become a stranger to her, abandoning his liberal beliefs to become a strict religious leader. As she attempts to come to grips with her brother's radicalism, Maya will be forced to rethink what it means to be a good daughter, sister, friend and citizen – and a good Muslim.

Set in the dusty streets of Dhaka and the villages and river-islands of rural Bangladesh, at a time when the rise of religious fundamentalism was a whisper in the wind, The Good Muslim is an epic, unforgettable story of the challenges of peace in the long shadow of war. It is a novel that cleaves to the simple truth that shape all of our lives: that the bonds of family and love often strain to bear the weight of history.

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User Review  - snash - LibraryThing

An engrossing and excellently portrayed story of the effects of war upon the individual, the variety of coping mechanisms and the disaster wrought by silence. The characters are well developed. Read full review

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User Review  - mtrumbo - LibraryThing

Follow-up novel to Anam's A Golden Age. It takes place several years after the Bangladesh War of Independence and focuses on two siblings who have gone opposite ways in their beliefs. While I did enjoy it, I didn't feel drawn in the way I did with the first book. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Tahmima Anam was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She grew up in Paris, New York and Bangkok, attended Harvard University, and now lives in London. Her writing has been published in Granta, the New York Times and the Guardian. She is also a contributing editor to the New Statesman. A Golden Age, her first novel, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize Best First Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Costa First Novel Award.

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