HOME FIRE

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - ON SCREEN - by Kamila Sham­sie, Blooms­bury Pub­lish­ing.

Here’s a tragedy that’s wor­thy of the an­cient Greeks, but truly of our time. Isma and twins Aneeka and Par­vaiz are the Bri­tish or­phans of Pak­istani par­ents. They’re tainted by the his­tory of their ji­hadist dad, who is be­lieved to have died en route from Afghanistan’s Ba­gram air­base jail to Guan­tanamo Bay. Isma coolly nav­i­gates the dif­fi­cul­ties that presents, mak­ing a life for her­self while hold­ing onto her faith. Beau­ti­ful Aneeka is more pas­sion­ate and less sen­si­tive to the “fragility of her place in the world”. And Par­vaiz, he’s a lost boy, vul­ner­a­ble to ISIS re­cruiters who ma­nip­u­late him with ter­ri­fy­ing ease. Beau­ti­fully writ­ten, Home Fire was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize this year. It clev­erly draws you from the do­mes­tic to the po­lit­i­cal and on to a cli­max that is both tragic and op­ti­mistic.

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