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
At 23, Asif is less than he wanted to be. His mother's sudden death forced him back home to look after his youngest sister, Yasmin, and he leads a frustrating life, ruled by her exacting need for routine.
Lila has escaped from home, abandoning Asif to be the sole carer of their difficult sister. Damaged by a childhood of uneven treatment, as Yasmin's needs always came first, she leads a wayward existence, obsessed with her looks and certain that her value is only skin deep.
And then there is Yasmin who doesn't feel happy, but who knows that she is special. Who has a devastating plan.
THE WAY THINGS LOOK TO ME is an affecting, comically tender portrayal of a family in crisis, caught between duty and love in a tangled relationship both bitter and bittersweet.
Publication date: 04/09/2009
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Reading Groups,|
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. Author photo © Phil RichardsMore About Roopa Farooki