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Bitter Sweets

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By: Roopa Farooki

Language: English

Quality: Like New

Genre: Novel

ISBN: 9780330450034

SKU: BESHC901495

Pages: 368

Description: 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 of convenience, the way is paved for a future of double lives and complicit deception - an unspoken family tradition that is inherited by their daughter Shona, who elopes with her secret love to live above a subcontinental sweet shop in 1980s South London. But two decades later, with her own children grown, it is Shona who is forced to discover unpalatable truths about her loved ones, and come to terms with the lies which superficially hold the three generations of her family together . . . and which are really keeping them apart. `A major fiction debut...both commercial and literary...Charmingly entertaining on the one hand, with serious points to make about human behaviour on the other' Publishing News `Combining the cultural heritage of Monica Ali's Brick Lane with the intimate humour of family life in Roddy Doyle's novels, Farooki explores complex and sensitive issues of ethnic difference, the values of family and attitudes to relationships in an enlightening and tender way' Easy Living `A funny and moving debut' Bella