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Bitter Sweets

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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!

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

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Bitter Sweets by Roopa Farooki

In 1950s Bengal, Henna Rub, a precocious, wayward teenager, brings off a brilliant marriage to a wealthy romantic, Ricky Karim, trapping him with a web of lies that she has spun with her wheeler-dealer father.


And so on his wedding night, believing himself married to an educated, sonnet-reading, tennis-playing soul mate, Ricky is horrified to discover that his new bride is in fact a lazy, illiterate, shopkeeper's daughter.


As Ricky and Henna uneasily tolerate their loveless marriage of convenience, the way is paved for a future of double-lives and complicit deception – an unspoken family tradition that is inherited by their daughter Shona, who elopes with her secret love to live above a subcontinental sweetshop in 1980s South London.


But two decades later, with her own children grown, it is Shona who is forced to discover unpalatable truths about her loved ones, and come to terms with the lies which superficially hold the three generations of her family together . . . and which are really keeping them apart.

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

2nd February 2007

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Roopa Farooki

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Publisher

Pan Macmillan

Format

Hardback

Categories

Family Drama
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ISBN

9781405089289

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