Bitter Sweets

Bitter Sweets

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Baker & Taylor
A multi-generational work follows the machinations of a Bangladeshi-Pakistani family whose penchant for lie-telling shapes the destinies of every member, from precocious Henna, who machinates a sumptuous marriage to a wealthy romantic, to her daughter Shona, who struggles to come to terms with the superficial ties binding her loved ones. A first novel. 50,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
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.


Blackwell North Amer
In 1950s Bengal, Henna Rub, a precocious, wayward teenager, brings off a brilliant marriage to a wealthy romantic, Ricky Karim, trapping him with a web of lies that she has spun with her wheeler-dealer father.
And so on his wedding night, believing himself married to an educated, sonnet-reading, tennis-playing soul mate, Ricky is horrified to discover that his new bride is in fact a lazy, illiterate, shopkeeper's daughter.
As Ricky and Henna uneasily tolerate their loveless marriage of convenience, the way is paved for a future of double lives and complicit deception - an unspoken family tradition that is inherited by their daughter Shona, who elopes with her secret love to live above a subcontinental sweet shop in 1980s south London.
But two decades later, with her own children grown, it is Shona who is forced to discover unpalatable truths about her loved ones, and come to terms with the lies which superficially hold the three generations of her family together...and which are really keeping them apart.

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& Taylor

Follows the machinations of a Bangladeshi-Pakistani family whose penchant for telling lies shapes the destinies of every member, from Henna, who lies her way into a marriage to a wealthy romantic, to her daughter Shona, who struggles with the superficial ties binding her loved ones.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2007
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312360528
0312360525
Branch Call Number: FICTION FAROOKI
Characteristics: 355 p

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