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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,208 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tahmima Anam Narrator: Madhur Jaffrey Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As young widow Rehana Haque awakes one March morning, she might be forgiven for feeling happy. Her children are almost grown, the city is buzzing with excitement after recent elections. Change is in the air.

But no one can foresee what will happen in the days and months that follow. For this is East Pakistan in 1971, a country on the brink of war. And this family’s life is about to change forever.

Set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh War of Independence, A Golden Age is a story of passion and revolution, of hope, faith, and unexpected heroism. In the chaos of this era, everyone must make choices. And as she struggles to keep her family safe, Rehana will be forced to face a heartbreaking dilemma.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Compelling…Anam is cracking open secrets, personal and political, to let the healing begin.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Striking…Anam deftly weaves the personal and the political, giving the terrors of war spare, powerful treatment while lyrically depicting the way in the struggle for freedom allows Rehana to discover both her strength and her heart.”

    New Yorker

  • “Told with great skill and urgency…Spellbinding in its sense of quiet foreboding…Anam has written a story about powerful events. But it is her descriptions of the small, unheralded moments, the ones slipping effortlessly between the interstices of major conflagrations, which truly touch the heart.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “An impressive debut…Rehana’s metamorphosis encapsulates her country’s tragedy and makes for an immersive, wrenching narrative.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A memorable literary achievement…Panoramic in its sense of history, intensely personal in its sense of drama—a wonderfully sad yet joyous read.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Anam’s startlingly accomplished and gripping novel describes not only the tumult of a great historical even…but also the small but heroic struggles of individuals living in the shadow of revolution and war.”

    Pankaj Mishra, Royal Society of Literature Fellow

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2007 Guardian First Book Award Finalist
  • Winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book
  • A 2008 Costa Award Finalist
  • A 2008 Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Cecily | 1/23/2014

    " Yet another one I couldn't get into. I stuck with this one into the second c.d. but then gave up. I might attempt this one later if I feel the need. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ziggysmallz | 12/11/2013

    " Helped me learn about the Pak-Bangladeshi split. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christina | 11/24/2013

    " Anam writes about her native Bangladesh with the exoticism of a visitor- in that respect she reminded me very much of Michael Ondaatje. Granted, I had low expectations of this novel--being wholly uninterested in the region or time period and generally skeptical of contemporary fiction--but the characters were so finely wrought, the landscape so beautifully fleshed out, and the story so utterly compelling, that I was completely blown away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Night Sins | 10/2/2013

    " I'm not good with the reviews, but I want to say that I loved this book, even if it is a genre that usually I don't read. "

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About the Author
Author Tahmima Anam

Tahmima Anam was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and grew up in Paris, Bangkok, and New York. She holds a PhD in social anthropology from Harvard University. Her writing has been published in Granta, the New York Times, the Guardian, and the Financial Times. Her first novel, A Golden Age, was the winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, shortlisted for Guardian First Book Award, and nominated for the Costa First Novel Prize. Her book, The Good Muslim, was nominated for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize. She lives in London and Dhaka.