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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.

If you like Roopa Farooki you might also like to read books by Jhumpa Lahiri, Nadeem Aslam and Zadie Smith.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This breathtaking saga spans three generations, three continents and four decades – from childhood in Lahore, to England, the US and back to Lahore. Two brothers and their two sisters suffer physical and mental abuse from their manipulative mother, determined her children will be ‘good’. All four, in her eyes, fail. Called back to Lahore for an emergency, the full impact of their domineering mother on the four children’s lives is revealed, and despite the children leaving home, its indelible mark never leaves them.
~ The Good Book Guide

Synopsis

The Good Children by Roopa Farooki

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.

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'Few novels are life-changing; this one just might be'

- Daily Mail

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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Book Info

Publication date

23rd October 2014

Author

Roopa Farooki

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www.roopafarooki.com/

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Publisher

Tinder Press an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
496 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780755383443

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