From the twice Orange Prize longlisted author of BITTER SWEETS and THE FLYING MAN. Perfect for any reader of Jhumpa Lahiri and Khamila Shamsie.
'Few novels are life-changing; this one just might be' Daily Mail
Leaving home is one thing. Surviving is another.
In 1940s Lahore, the Punjab, two brothers and two sisters are beaten and browbeaten into 'good children'.
Each has a destiny to fulfil. Sully and Jakie will be doctors, Mae and Lana dutiful wives. But Sully falls for an unsuitable girl, Jakie an unsuitable man. Mae and Lana disgrace themselves and disobey.
Rebelling is easy when you're far from home. But the ties that bind them across cultures, continents and time can never be broken. And when, decades later, death draws them back, it will affect them in ways they never imagined.
One thing will always stand out when it matters: the author's voice. And Farooki has one to be proud of - Independent on Sunday
Farooki writes tales of multicultural, contemporary Britain populated by funny, believable characters - Financial Times
Farooki manages the emotional minefield with humour and compassion - The Times
Roopa Farooki was born in Lahore in Pakistan and brought up in London. She graduated from New College, Oxford and worked in advertising before turning to write fiction. Roopa now lives in south-east England and south-west France with her husband, twin baby girls and two sons. Bitter Sweets, her first novel, was nominated for the Orange Award for New Writers 2007. Roopa's novels have been published internationally and translated into a dozen languages.