The Bones of Grace

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Text Publishing Company, May 30, 2016 - Fiction - 432 pages

Anwar told me that it wasn't until he almost died that he realised he needed to find the woman he had once loved. I've thought about that a lot in the last few years, that if Anwar hadn't worked on that building site, he might never have gone looking for Megna, and if only he hadn't done that, I might still be in the dark about my past. I've only ever been a hair away from being utterly alone in the world, Elijah, and it was Anwar who shone a light where once there was only darkness.

On the eve of her departure from Boston to find the bones of the walking whale—the fossil that provides a missing link in our evolution—Zubaida Haque falls in love with Elijah Strong, a man she meets in a darkened concert hall.

The two immediately connect despite their differences: Elijah belongs to a prototypical American family, whereas Zubaida is the adopted daughter of a wealthy family in Dhaka.

But when a twist of fate sends her back to her hometown, the inevitable force of society compels her to take a very different path, and before she knows it she’s married to her childhood best friend and discontentedly settled into a traditional Bangladeshi life.

In a final bid to escape familial constraints, she moves to Chittagong to help make a documentary film about the infamous shipbreaking beaches, where ships are destroyed and their various parts put up for sale.

Here she meets Anwar, a shipbreaker whose story holds a key that unlocks for Zubaida not only the mysteries of her past but the possibilities of a new life—and she will make a choice from which she can never turn back.

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A special thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was simply a beautiful read. Each sentence ebbs and flows in a lyrical nature and Anam executes her ... Read full review

The Bones of Grace

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Shortly before leaving for Pakistan to join a dig for a whale fossil, Zubaida (Zee) Haque, a Harvard-trained paleontologist, meets Elijah Strong, a recent PhD dropout, at a Shostakovich concert and ... Read full review

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About the author (2016)

Tahmima Anam is an anthropologist and novelist. Her debut novel, A Golden Age, was winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book. In 2013, she was named one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. She is a judge for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize and a Contributing Opinion Writer for the New York Times. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she now lives in London. Her most recent novel is The Bones of Grace.

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