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Bitter sweets
Roopa Farooki
Adult Fiction FAROOKI

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Summary: With this spellbinding first novel about the destructive lies three immigrant generations of a Pakistani/Bangladeshi family tell each other, Roopa Farooki adds a fresh new voice to the company of Zadie Smith, Jhumpa Lahiri and Arudhati Roy. Henna Rub is a precocious teenager whose wheeler-dealer father never misses a business opportunity and whose sumptuous Calcutta marriage to wealthy romantic Ricky-Rashid Karim is achieved by an audacious network of lies. Ricky will learn the truth about his seductive bride, but the way is already paved for a future of double lives and deception--family traits that will filter naturally through the generations, forming an instinctive and unspoken tradition. Even as a child, their daughter Shona, herself conceived on a lie and born in a liar's house, finds telling fibs as easy as ABC. But years later, living above a sweatshop in South London's Tooting Bec, it is Shona who is forced to discover unspeakable truths about her loved ones and come to terms with what superficially holds her family together--and also keeps them apart--across geographical, emotional and cultural distance. Roopa Farooki has crafted an intelligent, engrossing and emotionally powerful Indian family saga that will stay with you long after you've read the last page.


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main characters Henna Rub
Female
Illiterate
Daughter of a shopkeeper; father passed off at the age of 13 as the educated 17-year-old daughter of a successful businessman in oder to marry her into one of the city's best families.

Ricky-Rashid Karim
Male
Married
Henna's husband; discovers his wife's secret, but the path of lies was already set.

Shona
Female
Married
Henna and Ricky's daughter; conceived on a lie and born into a liar's house; elopes; has twin boys; lives above a sweatshop in London.



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