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The Good Children by Roopa Farooki
  

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A novel in three parts relating the lives, loves and sensitivities of four Pakistani siblings from 1938 to 2009 and told from each person’s point of view. Their domineering Muslim mother remains in Lahore while the two boys study or work in America or London, both finding ‘unsuitable’ partners. The girls rebel in their own way back home. Each has various problems they must work through and we are given the world events and the social context of their lives in different decades which highlight the changing attitudes between the sixties and present day. It is a big book, challenging and slow to build. Those interested in issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, duty, parental roles and arranged marriages will find it fascinating. It is certainly impressive.

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Synopsis

The Good Children by Roopa Farooki

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.

About the Author

Roopa Farooki

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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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Roopa Farooki

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Literary Fiction
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9780755383429

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