China Room: A Novel Audiobook, by Sunjeev Sahota Play Audiobook Sample

China Room: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Indira Varma, Antonio Aakeel Publisher: Penguin Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: July 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780593402344

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Longest Chapter Length:

56:13 minutes

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13 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

08:18 minutes

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LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST FOR THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION'S CARNEGIE MEDAL “Sunjeev Sahota's new novel follows characters across generations and continents...Heart-wrenching.” Entertainment Weekly “An intimate page-turner with a deeper resonance as a tale of oppression, independence and resilience.” San Francisco Chronicle A transfixing, "powerfully imaged" (USA Today) novel about two unforgettable characters seeking to free themselves—one from the expectations of women in early 20th century Punjab, and the other from the weight of life in the contemporary Indian diaspora Mehar, a young bride in rural 1929 Punjab, is trying to discover the identity of her new husband. Married to three brothers in a single ceremony, she and her now-sisters spend their days hard at work in the family’s “china room,” sequestered from contact with the men—except when their domineering mother-in-law, Mai, summons them to a darkened chamber at night. Curious and strong willed, Mehar tries to piece together what Mai doesn’t want her to know. From beneath her veil, she studies the sounds of the men’s voices, the calluses on their fingers as she serves them tea. Soon she glimpses something that seems to confirm which of the brothers is her husband, and a series of events is set in motion that will put more than one life at risk. As the early stirrings of the Indian independence movement rise around her, Mehar must weigh her own desires against the reality—and danger—of her situation. Spiraling around Mehar’s story is that of a young man who arrives at his uncle’s house in Punjab in the summer of 1999, hoping to shake an addiction that has held him in its grip for more than two years. Growing up in small-town England as the son of an immigrant shopkeeper, his experiences of racism, violence, and estrangement from the culture of his birth led him to seek a dangerous form of escape. As he rides out his withdrawal at his family’s ancestral home—an abandoned farmstead, its china room mysteriously locked and barred—he begins to knit himself back together, gathering strength for the journey home. Partly inspired by award-winning author Sunjeev Sahota’s family history, China Room is at once a deft exploration of how systems of power circumscribe individual lives and a deeply moving portrait of the unconquerable human capacity to resist them. At once sweeping and intimate, lush and propulsive, it is a stunning achievement from a contemporary master.

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“Narrators Indira Varma and Antonio Aakeel come together to create a rich vocal experience for the two intertwined stories in this intergenerational family drama. Varma becomes the young Mehar…Aakeel also portrays Mehar’s great-grandson…This is an intriguing story with a unique setting that fans of world literature will enjoy.”

— AudioFile 


  • “An intimate page-turner with a deeper resonance as a tale of oppression, independence, and resilience.”

    — San Francisco Chronicle
  • “Follows characters across generations and continents…Heart-wrenching.” 

    — Entertainment Weekly
  • “Sahota feeds us big, difficult themes—segregation and freedom, revolution and empire—in a form that is unsweetened, fresh and nourishing. 

    — The Times (London)
  • “Sahota has powerfully imagined a life under extreme constraint…Mehar’s great-grandson is a reminder that freedom is hard-won, but fear and anxiety can get passed down as heirlooms.” 

    — USA Today


  • Longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize
  • A Time Magazine Pick of Best Books of Summer
  • An AARP Magazine Editors’ Pick of Summer's Best Novels
  • An Entertainment Weekly “Must Read” of the Month
  • A Good Morning America Selection of the Month

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About Sunjeev Sahota

Sunjeev Sahota is the author of Ours Are the Streets and The Year of the Runaways, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize and was awarded a European Union Prize for Literature. In 2013, he was named one of Granta’s twenty Best of Young British Novelists of the Decade.