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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BRICK LANEUser Review - Kirkus
Everyday life requires courage. That simple truth is the foundation of this fine debut about a young Bangladeshi woman in London, struggling to make sense of home, family, Islam, and even adultery.You ... Read full review
Brick lane: a novelUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Most coming-of-age novels focus on an adolescent learning about life and love for the first time. Ali's debut shows that a 34-year-old mother of two can discover the joys and pains of growing up as ... Read full review