Hazneen comes to England from Bangladesh at the age of eighteen for an arranged marriage to the pompous Chanu. When Hazneen arrives, she can speak only two words of English, but falls into the role of dutiful wife and mother. Not only is she an outsider, but her Bangladeshi roots keep her in a subservient role in her marriage and family. Yet there is always that pull from the homeland. Monica Ali's debut novel delves into the landscape of love, family, and the yearning for a sense of belonging.
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