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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tanwi Nandini Islam Narrator: Soneela Nankani Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781504760553
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The New York City Gracie Book Club’s inauguarl pick, this vibrant debut novel set in Brooklyn and Bangladesh follows three young women and a family struggling to make peace with secrets and their past.

For as long as she can remember, Ella has longed to feel at home. Orphaned as a child after her parents’ murder and afflicted with hallucinations at dusk, she has always felt more at ease in nature than with people. She traveled from Bangladesh to Brooklyn to live with the Saleems: her uncle Anwar, aunt Hashi, and their beautiful daughter, Charu, her complete opposite. One summer, when Ella returns home from college, she discovers Charu’s friend Maya—an Islamic cleric’s runaway daughter—asleep in her bedroom.

As the girls have a summer of clandestine adventure and sexual awakenings, Anwar, the owner of a popular botanical apothecary, has his own secrets, threatening his thirty-year marriage. But when tragedy strikes, the Saleems find themselves blamed. To keep his family from unraveling, Anwar takes them on a fated trip to Bangladesh to reckon with the past, their extended family, and each other.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With great energy, Soneela Nankani performs this audiobook so beautifully that the listener is transported to the Saleem home in Brooklyn. This is a family story filled with complex relationships; Nankani makes all these clear with her vocal flexibility…Nankani balances the lyrical Bangladeshi accents of many of her characters with a perfectly paced narration that connects the lively conversations. This audiobook provides an excellent look at the lives of family members who are dealing with change, questions of identity, and conflicts large and small. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “A family, blended in unexpectedly compassionate ways, takes you on a tour of Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue, Bangladesh, and all the ways we make our lives more complicated than they ever had to be.”


  • “Traverses from Bangladesh to Brooklyn exploring the secrets of three young women.”


  • “A Brooklyn-by-way-of-Bangladesh Royal Tenenbaums.”

    Denver Post

  • “An understated queer coming-of-age, a study of how much work it is to be a family, and a snapshot of a disappearing Brooklyn, set against the ghosts of the past and a search for home.”


  • “Vivid and captivating….Spell binding and a page turner.”


  • “Perfectly merges fascinating narrative, honest characters, and the rich history and culture of Bangladesh with the juxtaposition of Bangladesh’s past and future and of that country with America, adding to the reading pleasure.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Islam depicts lush Bangladesh and a gritty Brooklyn very well, and she’s at her strongest when following the free-spirited young women.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An unusual, involving, and evocative rites-of-passage tale enriched by multicultural, intergenerational, and gender-role conflicts and questions.”


  • “Every detail in this rich novel is evocative of transformation…A sensitive and subtle exploration of the experience of gender nonconformity across cultures.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Tanwi Nandini Islam is among an emerging generation of American writers giving voice to people, places, and concerns that have escaped the notice of the mainstream…Hats off!”

    Jeffery Renard Allen, Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize–winning author

  • Short-listed for the 2015 Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize
  • Inaugural Pick of New York's Gracie Book Club, 2016
  • A Vulture.com Pick of Fun Fiction Books to Read at the Beach, as Chosen by Alexander Chee
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction for 2016
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About the Author

Tanwi Nandini Islam, a writer, multimedia artist, and founder of Hi Wildflower Botanica, is a graduate of Vassar College and Brooklyn College’s MFA program. Her debut novel Bright Lines made the short list of finalists for the Center of Fiction’s First Novel Prize and is the inaugural pick of New York City’s Gracie Book Club.

About the Narrator

Soneela Nankani, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a classically trained actress, voice-over artist, and singer who has had roles in film and on television. She has worked with the award–winning Sojourn Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.