The Bones of Grace

by Tahmima Anam

On Sale: 06/28/2016

The Bones of Grace

by Tahmima Anam

On Sale: 06/28/2016


About the Book

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: 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. In the shadow of a ship being torn down to its bones, Zubaida will make a choice from which she can never turn back.

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Critical Praise

Expansive yet intimate, weighty yet incisively funny, The Bones of Grace is a powerful examination of what it means to live in a world of collapsing boundaries and conflicting values. Few people write about identity and culture with such elegance and intelligence as Tahmima Anam. - Tash Aw, author of Five Star Billionaire

A novel of heart, brain, and muscle--the competing pulls of history and love are evoked here with a rare honesty, and great skill. - Kamila Shamsie, author of Burnt Shadows

Fierce and intimate, lyrical and expansive, The Bones of Grace offers what a great novel does: symphonic movements, historical landscapes that shape our private landscapes of love and life, mysteries and enchantments, the unforgettable and the unforgotten. Tahmima Anam is a mesmerizer. - Yiyun Li, author of Kinder Than Solitude and The Vagrants, PEN/Hemingway Award Winner

Love and estrangement, science and tradition, discovery and loss-with majesty, brilliant metaphor and unerring precision, Tahmima Anam explores the essential dichotomies of our present and past. - Manil Suri, author of The Death of Vishnu

Reading The Bones of Grace, Tahmima Anam’s new novel, you’ll be moved by the author’s portrayal of hollowed-out characters pining for that which would make them whole again. - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781554682119
  • ISBN 10: 1554682118
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 06/28/2016
  • Pages: 432
  • List Price:22.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Coming of Age

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