Friday, June 26, 2009


Spanning the years between 1945 – 2001 and the period between two disastrous bombings, this is a story of two families and their place in a tumultuous world. After losing her fiancé in the Hiroshima bombing a scared Hiroko travels to Delhi, India to meet his half-sister, Ilse and consequently begins a relationship that lasts the rest of their lives. Told by Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie, Burnt Shadows takes the reader on a journey not only through history but different cultures and world views as well. After marring a Muslim employee of her hosts, Hiroko and her new husband are forced to relocate to Pakistan after the partition to establish a life and raise a son. Tragedy again causes her to relocate this time to New York where she moves in with Ilse and her daughter as their lives continue to be intertwined. An interesting and provoking read for a summer afternoon, this title would also make a good book group selection.

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