A brilliant, brave, cool and clever book about the highs and lows of juggling a startup and married life which I know will be one of my favourite reads of the year.
Asha Ray and Cyrus Jones marry 2 months after they met the second time. 13 years after the first time when Asha was in love with Cyrus in ninth grade. Cyrus stepped into her brain at college like she was putting on a really great pair of sneakers for the first time. And she was hooked.
Asha is a genius computer scientist who has an idea to create a social networking app that has the potential to change the media landscape forever. WAI is born from her laptop: focusing on interests, beliefs and passions not likes and dislikes. Her algorithm grabs the attention of a secretive tech incubator who invite them in, they become Utopians and it all changes.
So relevant, of-the-moment, so fresh and modern, I am desperate to read more of Anam. Aptly titled The Startup Wife: How to Succeed in Business and Marriage at the Same Time, this novel features the highs and lows of it all: the pressure of a startup, the work, love, ambition, sex and lack of balance. All wrapped up in an oh-so-readable and fabulously funny package.
It’s about finding your voice and never being “smalled down”, about finding your tribe, your feminist cavalry. As I wiped away a few tears and my book hangover began I stroked the cover and marvelled at the brilliance of it all. A book I wish I’d written.
A life-changing app.
The woman who created it.
And the man who took the credit.
When Asha starts work on a revolutionary app together with her new husband Cyrus, she's thrilled. But while she creates an ingenious algorithm, Cyrus' charismatic appeal throws him into the spotlight. What happens when the app explodes into the next big thing?
Gripping, witty and razor-sharp, The Startup Wife is a blistering novel about big ambitions, speaking out and standing up for what you believe in.
|Publication date:||26th May 2022|
|Publisher:||Canongate Books Ltd|
|Primary Genre||Modern and Contemporary Fiction|
Closing date: 10/07/2022
Pulses with up-to-the-minute topicality . . . as high-octane entertainment that hits notes poignant as well as savagely witty, it soars -
Fresh, funny, brave, savage, smart - Tahmima Anam hits every note perfectly in this novel about our new reality and the age-old problems of men and women that no app can fix -- KAMILA SHAMSIE
Impossibly timely and bewilderingly smart -- ELIF SHAFAK
Excellent on the intricacies of sexism and racism (Asha is Bengali) and how migrant experiences differ . . . Anam's writing is stylish and funny . . . and she guides the reader deftly towards a satisfying conclusion -
Sunday Times -
A sparkling comedy about love, work and the search for meaning in our lives, that is funny, tender, sometimes raunchy, always smart. It satirises these crazy times, but with compassion and elegance. A rambunctious, radiant riot of a novel -- MONICA ALI
[A] sparky satire of startup culture and the modern search for meaning . . . Smart and funny on culture clashes, male-female dynamics and the cult of wellness -
An extremely enjoyable, feminist rom-com - gloriously readable, irresistibly funny and even smarter than you realise until you turn the final, triumphant page. I loved this novel -- GILLIAN ANDERSON
Well-observed and funny: Anam deftly skewers a world of polished concrete and exposed brick, deranged venture capitalists and apocalypse-obsessed entrepreneurs . . . zippy and smart -
Sunday Telegraph -
Brilliant . . . if you enjoyed Self Care by Leigh Stein or Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener you'll love this. A modern novel about love, start-ups, technology, ambition and the future, all wrapped up in one. It's very clever, but also subtle and very funny too. That sort of dry wit that makes you snort. [I] loved it . . . the perfect escapism -- EMMA GANNON
I raced through this beautifully written, often hilarious and always thought-provoking book about big tech, love, faith and chasing dreams . . . fabulous -
Mail on Sunday -
Tahmima Anam was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1975 and grew up in Paris, New York City, and Bangkok. She trained as an anthropologist, earning a PhD from Harvard University. In 2005 she completed an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, London, and is the recipient of a Writing Fellowship from the Arts Council of England. She lives in London.More About Tahmima Anam