Spring, 1971, East Pakistan. Rehana Haque is throwing a party for her beloved children, Sohail and Maya. Her young family is growing up fast, and Rehana wants to remember this day forever. But out on the hot city streets, something violent is brewing. As the civil war develops, a war which will eventually see the birth of Bangladesh, Rehana struggles to keep her children safe and finds herself facing a heartbreaking dilemma.
"A real page-turner, with a bravura, heart-stopping ending" (Sunday Telegraph)
"Deftly balances the story of nation against that of family...heart-shattering" (Kamila Shamsie, Guardian)
"Anam has done a service to her country.... No other writer has treated the subject with such clarity before" (Times Literary Supplement)
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Fascinating and enjoyable