The Family Tree (Paperback)Sairish Hussain (author)
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As compassionate as it is unflinching, Hussain’s poignant debut about a British Muslim father and his two children tells an inter-generational story of love, loyalty and hope.
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2020
Your roots can always lead you home...
Amjad cradles his baby daughter in the middle of the night. He has no time to mourn his wife's death. Saahil and Zahra, his two small children, are relying on him. Amjad vows to love and protect them always.
Years later, Saahil and his best friend, Ehsan, have finished university and are celebrating with friends. But when the night turns dangerous, its devastating effects will ripple through the years to come.
Zahra's world is alight with politics and activism. But she is now her father's only source of comfort, and worries she'll never have time for her own aspirations. Life has taken her small family in different directions - will they ever find their way back to each other?
The Family Tree is the moving story of a British Muslim family full of love, laughter and resilience as well as all the faults, mistakes and stubborn loyalties which make us human.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 33 mm
'Poignantly paints the extraordinary in ordinary lives. A brilliant first book from Hussain.' - The Sunday Post
'An evocative portrayal of love and family.' - Ayisha Malik
'Invites you in, not as a stranger but as a family friend. I loved it.' - Katie Fforde
'Hussain weaves a tale of fragility and resilience. A wonderful debut.' - Catherine Mayer
'Both unflinching and full of hope; the writing is compassionate and true.' - Stephanie Butland
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Really well written book. This is a story about a family and their sadness, love and hope. There are strong characters and it is definitely a page turner. I didn’t want it to end.
Thank you to Netgalley for my copy.
“A very good book quite heartbreaking”
The Family Tree, is quite heartbreaking, when Amjad wife Neelam died, after she haemorrhaged after delivery that left him to become a single dad to his two children. Zahra was just a baby. As Amjad adapted to his new... More
“One of the most beautiful, emotion-inducing novels I've ever read”
Sairish Hussain has written the most beautiful debut novel I have had the pleasure of reading in the past few years. I laughed, cried and felt every emotion with the relatable characters she built. Would recommend... More
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