Read the heart-stopping new novel from the Booker-shortlisted author of The Year of the Runaways
‘Sunjeev Sahota’s writing is the stuff of miracles’ Bryan Washington
‘A gorgeous, gripping read’ Kamila Shamsie
Mehar, a young bride in rural 1929 Punjab, is trying to discover the identity of her new husband. She and her sisters-in-law, married to three brothers in a single ceremony, spend their days hard at work in the family’s ‘china room’, sequestered from contact with the men. When Mehar develops a theory as to which of them is hers, a passion is ignited that will put more than one life at risk.
Spiralling around Mehar’s story is that of a young man who in 1999 travels from England to the now-deserted farm, its ‘china room’ locked and barred. In enforced flight from the traumas of his adolescence – his experiences of addiction, racism, and estrangement from the culture of his birth – he spends a summer in painful contemplation and recovery, finally gathering the strength to return home.
‘I’m blown away by it. I was gripped from the first page to the last’ Tessa Hadley
‘Such a thrilling combination of beauty and heartbreak. It’s breathtaking’ Charlotte Mendelson
‘An intense drama of classic themes – love, family, survival, and betrayal – told with passion and precision in Sahota’s economical, lyrical prose’ Adam Foulds
[With] poise, restraint and deep intelligence... Sahota feeds us big, difficult themes - segregation and freedom, revolution and empire - in a form that is unsweetened, fresh and nourishing. Surely this, his third novel, will propel him up the shortlists to the prizewinning status he deserves -- Melissa Katsoulis * The Times * Sunjeev Sahota's writing is the stuff of miracles. Emotional and heartrending, China Room juggles questions of love, debt, and what it means to build a home alongside the history that carries us. Sahota navigates the worlds between where we believe we belong, where we end up, and the choices we make to close the distance along the way, with humanity, precision, and grace. China Room is a propulsive dream, intricately wrought, and Sahota is a maestro. * Bryan Washington, author of LOT and MEMORIAL * Sunjeev Sahota's The Year of the Runaways propelled him on to the 2015 Booker shortlist. His latest, China Room, a multi-generational masterpiece...could well see him nominated again -- Stephanie Cross * Daily Mail, *Books to Look Out For 2021* *
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