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Roopa Farooki was born in Lahore in Pakistan, and brought up in London. She graduated from New College, Oxford in 1995 and worked in advertising before turning to write fiction. Roopa now lives in North London 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.
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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.
Leaving home is one thing. Surviving is another. 1940s Lahore, the Punjab. Two brothers and their two younger sisters are brought up to be 'good children', who do what they're told. Beaten and browbeaten by their manipulative mother, to study, honour and obey. Sully, damaged and brilliant, Jakie, irreverent and passionate. Cynical Mae and soft-hearted Lana, outshone and too easily dismissed. The boys escape their repressive home to study medicine abroad, abandoning their sisters to their mother and marriages. Sully falls in love with an unsuitable Indian girl in the States; Jakie with an unsuitable white man in London. Their sisters in Pakistan refuse to remain trophy wives, and disgrace the family while they strike out to build their own lives. As they raise their own families, and return to bury the dead, Sully and Jakie, Mae and Lana, face the consequences of their decisions, and learn that leaving home doesn't mean it will ever leave them. THE GOOD CHILDREN is a compelling story of discipline and disobedience, punishment and the pursuit of passion, following the children of a game-changing generation and the ties that bind them across cultures, continents and decades. Painful and sweet, tough and surprising, it is a landmark epic of the South Asian immigrant experience.
August 2012 Book of the Month. A beautifully written, evocative story of the life of an utterly selfish, dishonest, lazy, loveable rogue. Born in Pakistan, Maqil, this born survivor, quickly finds his charm and good looks will get him a long way provided he doesn’t get hung up on morals or deserting loved ones. But your past will always catch up with you in the end. With its vivid language and colourful descriptions it was deservedly longlisted for the Orange Prize 2012 and is well worth a read.
Longlisted for the prestigious 2010 Orange Prize. A thoroughly enjoyable family drama about duty and loyalty and finding your own way. Farooki writes with a beautiful style that sweeps you along with the characters, totally absorbing you in the family saga unfolding. This is a writer who is really coming in to her own. A letter from Roopa Farooki to our readers... Dear Lovereading members, "My name is Yasmin Murphy, and I don't remember much about the morning that my mum died, which is odd, as normally I remember everything..." I'd like to tell you about my third novel, which is called "The Way Things Look To Me". It is an affecting, comically tender portrayal of a family in crisis, as a brother and two sisters deal with the loss of their parents and the youngest sister's autism. Asif is just 23 and leads a frustrating life as he cares for his youngest sister, Yasmin, ruled by her exacting need for routine, and even though everyone says that he's a good boy, he isn't so sure. Lila has left home and abandoned Asif to be the sole carer of their difficult sister, but is herself damaged by a childhood of uneven treatment, as Yasmin's needs always came first, and carries on a dark and wayward existence as she drifts between jobs and men. And then there is Yasmin, who has no idea of the resentment she has caused, who sees music in colour and remembers so much that her head hurts, and who has a devastating plan. The story unfolds in a few months in North London, exploring the agonies of young adulthood and sibling rivalry, as these three troubled siblings find themselves caught between duty and love in a tangled relationship both bitter and bittersweet. Now that you know a little about the book, I really hope that you'll enjoy discovering it for yourselves. With all best wishes, Roopa x www.roopafarooki.com
The story of a Bangladeshi family who all seem to lie to each other. The culture differences are lightly handled with a few eye-openers to startle one, the deceptions are huge and the whole thing bubbles with humour. It’s a charming read, perhaps a little difficult to enter, but give it a few chapters and then get swept away. Comparison: Preethi Nair, Priya Basil (Ishq and Mushq), Vikas Swarup (Q & A).
This is a brilliant first novel; perceptive, colourful and a joy to read. Ricky Karim, a wealthy Bengali, discovers on his wedding night that he has been duped into an arranged marriage with a girl he does not love or respect. Their daughter, Shona, brought up in a household where double lives and deceit are the norm, elopes to London with her lover Parvez and without realising what she is doing, also embarks on a life full of deception. It is not until her own two dearly loved sons come to different crisis points in their lives that she realises that she must face up to the truth about her family and the way they conduct their relationships. Roopa Farooki paints a vivid picture of the Anglo-asian family in London. Her characters live and breathe with you and you need to discover what happens to them all. A really engrossing read!