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China Room

Release date: May 6, 2021
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Sunjeev Sahota is the author of Ours Are the Streets and The Year of the Runaways, which was shor... Read More

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Sunjeev Sahota is the author of Ours Are the Streets and The Year of the Runaways, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, the International Dylan Thomas Prize and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, and won the Encore Prize, the European Union Prize for Literature and the South Bank Sky Arts Award. He was chosen as one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists in 2013. He lives in Sheffield.

Longlisted for Booker Prize 2021, China Room is a literary masterpiece, inspired by real-life events, from award winning author Sunjeev Sahota

'Sunjeev Sahota's writing is the stuff of miracles' - Bryan Washington

'A gorgeous, gripping read' - Kamila Shamsie

'I'm blown away by it. I was gripped from the first page to the last' - Tessa Hadley

'Such a thrilling combination of beauty and heartbreak. It's breathtaking' - Charlotte Mendelson

'An intense drama of classic themes - love, family, survival, and betrayal - told with passion and precision in Sahota's economical, lyrical prose. China Room is a brilliant novel. I won't forget any of these characters' - Adam Foulds

A multigenerational novel of love, oppression, trauma and the pursuit of freedom, inspired in part by the author's own family history, China Room twines together the stories of a woman and a man separated by more than half a century but united by blood.

Mehar, a young bride in the rural Punjab of 1929, is trying to discover the identity of her new husband. She and her sisters-in-law, married to three brothers in a single ceremony, spend their days hard at work in the family's 'china room', sequestered from contact with the men. When Mehar develops a theory as to which of them is hers, a passion is ignited that puts 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 now-deserted farm, its 'china room' locked and barred. 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, before finally finding the strength to return home.

1. This book is for all fiction lovers, especially historical fiction set in India.
2. Sunjeev Sahota was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, the International Dylan Thomas Prize and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, and won the Encore Prize, the European Union Prize for Literature and the South Bank Sky Arts Award. He was chosen as one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists in 2013.
3. The book's deals with the themes of oppression, women's lives in India, arranged marriages, identity and freedom.
4. Sunjeev Sahota's previous works include Ours Are the Streets and The Year of the Runaways.

The book straddles two lives separated by time, space, politics and experience. The stories are distinct yet inextricably entwined.a melodrama of honour and shameThemes of freedom and imprisonment are knitted through both stories, which, despite the historical setting, are resolutely inward-looking . . . Poised and poignant, China Room is a rare novel that makes you pause in its beauty.There is a scrupulous subtlety about that way that Sahota refuses to let his historical characters act as though they are in a historical novel . . . Sahota has demonstrated an ambitious need to adapt the specific and concrete to something less easy to pin down, complete with all the gaps and ruptures that life provides.With poise, restraint and deep intelligence . . . Sahota feeds us big, difficult themes-segregation and freedom, revolution and empire-in a form that is unsweetened, fresh and nourishing. Surely this, his third novel, will propel him up the shortlists to the prizewinning status he deserves.Beautifully realized. . . Sahota is a truly original novelist, his prose sparingly precise in its beauty, steeped in kindness and deep humanity.Sahota's beautifully crafted novel dovetails two stories from different eras... Both characters are prisoners of circumstance but, in their hunger for redemption, become emblematic of the human condition.This Booker longlisted novel throbs with the sense of alienation that is central to Sunjeev Sahota's work.Sahota's ability to shine a phrase is not bought for the usual steep formalist price, at the expense of simplicity, intimate feeling, and solid representation. He's both camera and painter, in a literary world that often separates those novelistic tasks.A gorgeous, gripping readA stunning novel; I'm blown away by it. I was gripped from the first page to the lastSuch a thrilling combination of beauty and heartbreak. It's breathtaking

Product Details

Title: China Room
Author: Sunjeev Sahota
SKU: BK0443391
EAN: 9780670095070
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Release date: May 6, 2021

About Author

Sunjeev Sahota is the author of Ours Are the Streets and The Year of the Runaways, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, the International Dylan Thomas Prize and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, and won the Encore Prize, the European Union Prize for Literature, and the South Bank Sky Arts Award. He was chosen as one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists in 2013. He lives in Sheffield.

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