A Golden Age: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Jan 8, 2008 - Fiction - 276 pages

As young widow Rehana Haque awakes one March morning, she might be forgiven for feeling happy. Today she will throw a party for her son and daughter. In the garden of the house she has built, her roses are blooming, her children are almost grown, and beyond their doorstep, the city is buzzing with excitement after recent elections. Change is in the air.

But none of the guests at Rehana's party can foresee what will happen in the days and months ahead. For this is 1971 in East Pakistan, a country on the brink of war. And this family's life is about to change forever.

Set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh War of Independence, A Golden Age is a story of passion and revolution, of hope, faith and unexpected heroism. In the chaos of this era, everyone—from student protesters to the country's leaders, from rickshaw'wallahs to the army's soldiers—must make choices. And as she struggles to keep her family safe, Rehana will be forced to face a heartbreaking dilemma.

 

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Just finished listening to Jaffrey‘s narration of A Golden Age. It is one of those books best “read” by listening. Knowing very little about that national split—and obliged to be a “joibangla,” (sp ... Read full review

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This book opens with a startling line, "Dear Husband, I lost our children today" which the book's main character, Rehana Haque speaks at her husband's grave. While his death had left her penniless ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
15
Section 3
53
Section 4
69
Section 5
97
Section 6
129
Section 7
157
Section 8
205
Section 9
241
Section 10
269
Section 11
275
Section 12
279
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About the author (2008)

Tahmima Anam is an anthropologist and a novelist. Her debut novel, A Golden Age, won the 2008 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book. In 2013, she was named one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and was a judge for the 2016 International Man Booker Prize. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she was educated at Mount Holyoke College and Harvard University, and now lives in Hackney, East London.

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