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3.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 5 3.11 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roopa Farooki Narrator: Tania Rodrigues Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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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, the way is paved for a future of double-lives and complicit deception - an unspoken family tradition that is inherited by their daughter Shona. But two decades later, with her own children grown, it is Shona who is forced to discover unpalatable truths about her loved ones... Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/20/2014

    " I've just begunt his fascinating book .... Lauren picked it out for me & so far - I'm really enjoying it. Just finished this interesting debut novel. It was a great contrast to the last book that I read (Still Alice) & I was able to do some armchair traveling (one of my favorite sports) to England & Bangladesh. Throw in an Irish charmer & what more can you ask for. The author did throw in a bit of a surprise, but reading about famiy's struggles with honesty are usually good for a novel. This book delivered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 2/19/2014

    " An easy to read family saga! Not quite what I was expecting so a little disappointed which does not reflect on the author. I felt the book was well written and easy to read, especially if you are looking for a holiday/ beach type book but certainly not a satisfying read beyond those expectations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brianne | 2/14/2014

    " Another one where the ending just wrapped up too neatly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/3/2014

    " I randomly picked this book up at the library because I liked the cover (cheesy, I know). I thought it was pretty good, especially for a first novel. I enjoyed the pace of the story and the twists at the end...it was a light and fun summer read with a good ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 1/31/2014

    " This was pretty good and not at all what I expected. Rather than being an immigrant story, this is more a universal tale about families and lies. Quite enjoyable and a quick read too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samantha | 1/22/2014

    " oh man. a soap opera in a book. it was so predictable and the storylines were so twisted and crazy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Akila R | 1/20/2014

    " This was a decent piece of chick litt. Fast paced, could finish the 350+ pages in a couple of sittings. It is a story of love, lies and drama. A fun way to kill time and nothing notable otherwise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Mcsweeney | 1/18/2014

    " Really enjoyed this, pure escapism. A believable story about love and how it changes, about families and how they interact and well worth the E2.50 i paid in the charity shop :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Adams | 12/28/2013

    " This is an interesting story about how lies can entangle us. The characters are not all that likeable, but I still found myself caring about them and wondering what would happen next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 12/28/2013

    " Epic saga of a Bangladeshi family, with love, deceit, betrayal and even some quasi-incest. What could be better? I don't find it to be a beautifully written novel, but it does keep my interest and does give some interesting cultural insights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie | 12/25/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book - the characters are very realistic, the story is engaging - I read it in a day! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally Anfilogoff | 11/9/2013

    " I loved this and read it all in one day - compelling and a page turner. Interesting story about the mix that is one family from Pakistan/Bangladesh/London. Comic and touching. A great new author and I look forward to more from her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Priyanka Gupta | 11/7/2013

    " She has become one of my fav authors after this book. Its a wonderful story about three generations of a family and how the past entwines with the future and life comes a full circle. Very real and extremely enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shuganthini | 7/15/2013

    " indeed Bitter Sweets..dealing with lies and guilt is something that could haunt someone throughout their lives..lies are dangerous.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Juanita Adam | 7/9/2013

    " interesting for first few chapters..gets boring towards the end. book about lives built on lies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 6/20/2013

    " Interesting take on the loss of love and the complexity of family relationships and how lies can seep into every part of your existence if you let them. The ending was a little trite and too easy but overall, I really enjoyed this novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 5/9/2013

    " This started out great but got a little mundane. The coincidences and incidents of deceit and lies got a little ridiculous after a while. I like Farooki's writing style and loved her characters though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amar | 1/30/2013

    " Cute, well written book with a pat ending... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lila Krutel Meyer | 11/17/2012

    " A fun light story. Some might even say a little soap opera-ish... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 8/10/2012

    " I love desi books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 6/18/2012

    " This book was pretty mediocre. The author really hits you over the head with the theme of lying, and the end was just too tidy. But it moved along at a fairly brisk pace. My advance copy says it compares to Zadie Smith, Arundhati Roy, and Monica Ali. I beg to differ. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 6/11/2012

    " Liked this book a lot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/6/2012

    " Very dissapointed in this book. I felt I could write a better story line! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 12/3/2011

    " Interesting story line but not the best written book that I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sweetbearies | 5/31/2011

    " This was an interesting story, and the setting in Tooting made me imagine people talking with those accents. The characters of this novel have many secrets, and there are many twists and turns. I thought it turned out pretty well, and I liked that it was not formulaic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 3/4/2011

    " A more interesting story than I first expected...reminiscent of "The Namesake" in it's multi-generational story. I think my real problem is that every character seems flawed and unlikeable, so the whole book is a struggle to get behind anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 12/26/2010

    " I enjoyed this one but not near as much as her others. In her later books you can almost see her talents blossom in front of your eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 12/23/2010

    " Really enjoyed this, pure escapism. A believable story about love and how it changes, about families and how they interact and well worth the E2.50 i paid in the charity shop :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daryle | 12/1/2010

    " Oh, the tangled webs we weave! This is an engaging story about the lies told throughout a family's history and how they eventually affect the lives of its members. A great multicultural book set mostly in London. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shirlyn | 11/10/2010

    " kind of just an odd chain of events in one families lives that really seems unbelievable to happen. Bad choices lead to bad consequences. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Akila | 11/5/2010

    " This was a decent piece of chick litt. Fast paced, could finish the 350+ pages in a couple of sittings. It is a story of love, lies and drama. A fun way to kill time and nothing notable otherwise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherri | 10/11/2010

    " Picked this up at a dollar store. It was worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jorie | 9/3/2010

    " this was a good book, but a little far fetched and the theme of the book really hits you over the head. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pallu | 5/18/2010

    " I was surprised that I didn't love this book more, but maybe I consumed in comparing it to my South Asian favorites! It is an easy read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 4/23/2010

    " This is a really fun book, and I'd reccomended it without reservation to someone looking for something to read on the beach that is also smart and engaging. That said, whoever compared Roopa Farooki to Zadie Smith needs to have their head examined. "

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