LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 BOOKER PRIZE
FINALIST FOR THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION'S CARNEGIE MEDAL
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2021 BY NPR, TIME, THE GUARDIAN, THE TIMES (UK), THE STAR-TRIBUNE AND THE WASHINGTON POST
"Sunjeev Sahota's new novel follows characters across generations and continents...Heart-wrenching." --Entertainment Weekly
"An intimate page-turner with a deeper resonance as a tale of oppression, independence and resilience." --San Francisco Chronicle
A transfixing, "powerfully imaged" (USA Today) novel about two unforgettable characters seeking to free themselves--one from the expectations of women in early twentieth-century Punjab, and the other from the weight of life in the contemporary Indian diaspora
Mehar, a young bride in rural Punjab, is trying to discover the identity of her new husband. It is 1929, and she and her sisters-in-law, married to three brothers in a single ceremony, spend their days hard at work on the family farm, 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 sun-scorched farm, by now deserted for decades. 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.
Inspired in part by the author's family history, and told with courage, compassion and deep humanity, China Room is an astonishing feat of storytelling from one of our most exceptional novelists.
About this Author
SUNJEEV SAHOTA is the author of the novels Ours are the Streets (UK only) and The Year of the Runaways, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize and was awarded a European Union Prize for Literature in 2017. He was born in Derbyshire in 1981 and lives in Sheffield with his wife and children.
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