Jun 29, 2016

Book Spotlight: The Bones of Grace by Tahmima Anam

The Bones of Grace by Tahmima Anam, published June 28, 2016 by Harper
Genre: literary novel, romance
Source: publisher

Prelude/Opening sentence:
The first words I ever said to you were: 'When I was nine years old, I found out I was adopted.'

Book description: 
From the award-winning, nationally bestselling author of A Golden Age and The Good Muslim comes a lyrical, deeply moving modern love story about belonging, migration, tragedy, survival, and the mysteries of origins.
On the eve of her departure to find the bones of the walking whale—the fossil that provides a missing link in our evolution—Zubaida Haque falls in love with Elijah Strong, a man she meets in a darkened concert hall in Boston. Their connection is immediate and intense, despite their differences: Elijah belongs to a prototypical American family; Zubaida is the adopted daughter of a wealthy Bangladeshi family in Dhaka. When a twist of fate sends her back to her hometown, the inevitable force of society compels her to take a very different path: she marries her childhood best friend and settles into a traditional Bangladeshi life.
While her family is pleased by her obedience, Zubaida seethes with discontent. Desperate to finally free herself from her familial constraints, she moves to Chittagong to work on a documentary film about the infamous beaches where ships are destroyed, and their remains salvaged by locals who depend on the goods for their survival. Among them is Anwar, a shipbreaker whose story holds a key that will unlock the mysteries of Zubaida’s past—and the possibilities of a new life. As she witnesses a ship being torn down to its bones, this woman torn between the social mores of her two homes—Bangladesh and America—will be forced to strip away the vestiges of her own life . . . and make a choice from which she can never turn back. (amazon)

A wonderful love story about cultural clashes, family responsibility and duty, and a woman finding her own way. I gave this five stars!


  1. Harvee, I'm glad that you enjoyed this 5-star love story. Terrific review!

  2. I have to track this down. I read the first one.

  3. This sounds really good and really sad too. I haven't read anything by this author yet but I will have to look for Bones of Grace sometime. Thanks for your review!

  4. This sounds wonderful. I've wanted to read A Golden Age for awhile now, so it's an author I've been meaning to try. I will definitely look for this one.


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