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China Room

by Sunjeev Sahota

Hardback £18.99
Published 6th May 2021, 256 pages
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Read the heart-stopping new novel from the Booker-shortlisted author of The Year of the Runaways

‘Sunjeev Sahota’s writing is the stuff of miracles’ Bryan Washington

‘A gorgeous, gripping read’
Kamila Shamsie

‘I’m blown away by it. I was gripped from the first page to the last’ Tessa Hadley

‘Such a thrilling combination of beauty and heartbreak. It’s breathtaking’ Charlotte Mendelson

‘An intense drama of classic themes - love, family, survival, and betrayal - told with passion and precision in Sahota’s economical, lyrical prose. China Room is a brilliant novel. I won’t forget any of these characters’ Adam Foulds

A breathtaking novel of love, family and the pursuit of freedom, China Room twines together the stories of a woman and a man separated by more than half a century but united by blood.

Mehar, a young bride in rural 1929 Punjab, is trying to discover the identity of her new husband. She and her sisters-in-law, married to three brothers in a single ceremony, spend their days hard at work in the family’s ‘china room’, sequestered from contact with the men. When Mehar develops a theory as to which of them is hers, a passion is ignited that will put more than one life at risk.

Spiralling around Mehar’s story is that of a young man who in 1999 travels from England to the now-deserted farm, its ‘china room’ locked and barred. In enforced flight from the traumas of his adolescence - his experiences of addiction, racism, and estrangement from the culture of his birth - he spends a summer in painful contemplation and recovery, finally gathering the strength to return home.

Details

China Room
by Sunjeev Sahota

ISBN
9781911215851

Publisher
Vintage Publishing

Binding
Hardback

Publication date
May 6, 2021

Dimensions
22.5cm x 14.5cm x 2.7cm

Page count
256 pages