The debut novel from Nadiya Hussain, winner of 2015's Great British Bake-Off, this is a charming, warm-hearted tale that illustrates the unique bond between four sisters. A story of faith, family and love, it perfectly embodies what it feels like to struggle with self-acceptance.
Fatima, Farah, Bubblee and Mae, the four sisters of the Amir family, are sometimes tired of being the only Muslim young women in a rural British village, not helped by their eccentric neighbours, including the hippie nudists next door.
Oldest sister Fatima - or, as her family have always nicknamed her, Fatti (which, she worryingly suspects, has just as much to do with her inability to lose weight and guilty-pleasure love of Primula squeezy cheese as it does her birth name) - is having a particularly hard time finding her place in the world, especially when a family tragedy strikes and Fatima discovers that she was adopted. Her aunt in Bangladesh is her real mother, leaving Fatima questioning everything she thought she knew about her family.
As each sister struggles with life, love and faith, as Farah learns to cope when her husband has an accident, Bubblee learns to stop judging other people's lives and Mae faces burgeoning YouTube stardom, Fatima learns what it really means to be a big sister and to bring her family back together by organising a big village bake sale to help fund rebuilding the family business.
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loved the story
I tend not to listen or read books again, not because I don't like them, more because I like to read/listen to lots of books.
It was intriguing to get to know the culture of the Amir Family
More personal. With the different narrators for each character, its easier to identify with each.
Well, that's a question.. Maybe something along the lines of, 'Everything they thought was true in their lives, just got flipped'
A lovely listen. Could easily have spent the entire day listening to it, if home and work life allowed.
A great story and great education. Regardless of race or religion, family issues will always be a thing.