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Another Gulmohar Tree by Aamer Hussein
  

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Another Gulmohar Tree by Aamer Hussein

Usman is visiting post-war London from Pakistan when he meets a young aspiring artist called Lydia who has, like himself, come out of an unhappy marriage. Just as the lonely strangers' friendship begins to blossom into something deeper Usman has to return to Karachi, leaving Lydia behind. Two years later, Lydia impulsively abandons her life in London and boards a ship to Karachi, where the two are married. But as the years flit by Usman feels distanced from his life and realises that he hasn't noticed the buds of the gulmohar tree unfurl. A beautiful account of a marriage that is in turns wry and unashamedly romantic.

Reviews

'A lovely, strange and very moving novel. The colours and shape develop as you read while the couple's mutual understanding moves forward and upward over the years like two branches of blossom meeting at the top of the tree.'
Ruth Padel

'In his splendid, dreamy Another Gulmohar Tree, Hussein gives us an indelible sense of two worlds - Karachi and London - in miniature, and the strong parable of a love story that endures over a lifetime.'
Joseph Olshan

'Taut yet lush - like the flame-bright flowers of the gulmohar tree itself. At its heart it is a story of love, into which Aamer Hussein weaves all his remarkable skills of storytelling.'
Kamila Shamsie

'We are lucky to have Hussein among us, telling us stories as few can, with his particular mixture of deep love, understanding, and sadness.'
Amit Chaudhuri

About the Author

Aamer Hussein was born in Karachi in 1955 and moved to London in his teens. He is the author of Mirror to the Sun, This Other Salt, Turquoise and Insomnia, and the editor of Kahani. He reviews regularly for The Independent, lectures at the University of Southampton and the Institute of English Studies (University of London) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st May 2009

Author

Aamer Hussein

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Publisher

Telegram Books an imprint of Saqi Books

Format

Paperback
104 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781846590566

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