Gravel Heart

Gravel Heart

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A powerful story of exile, migration, and betrayal, from the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Paradise.

Salim has always known that his father does not want him. Living with his parents and his adored Uncle Amir in a house full of secrets, he is a bookish child, a dreamer haunted by night terrors. It is the 1970s and Zanzibar is changing. Tourists arrive, the island's white sands obscuring the memory of recent conflict--the longed-for independence from British colonialism swiftly followed by bloody revolution. When his father moves out, retreating into disheveled introspection, Salim is confused and ashamed. His mother does not discuss the change, nor does she explain her absences with a strange man; silence is layered on silence.

When glamorous Uncle Amir, now a senior diplomat, offers Salim an escape, the lonely teenager travels to London for college. But nothing has prepared him for the biting cold and seething crowds of this hostile city. Struggling to find a foothold, and to understand the darkness at the heart of his family, he must face devastating truths about those closest to him--and about love, sex, and power. Evoking the immigrant experience with unsentimental precision and profound understanding, Gravel Heart is a powerfully affecting story of isolation, identity, belonging, and betrayal, and Abdulrazak Gurnah's most astonishing achievement.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2017.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781632868138
163286813X
Branch Call Number: FIC Gurna
Characteristics: 261 pages

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nellybells
Sep 27, 2017

Abdulrazak Gurnah is not so well known in the US. He has won (or nearly won) several prestigious literary prizes. Sno-Isle does not have many of his books, but King County Library does. He is from Zanzibar - now Tanzania - and he writes about poverty, getting-by, colonialism, post-colonialism, the immigrant experience (as if there were only one of those!), journeys to and from ancestral homes and the UK. His novels are family novels and how different members of families make their way in the world. Gravel Heart is one such story, a family saga in 250 pages. I REALLY like him a lot, certainly wish he were more well known so that it was easier to get his books. He's one of the couple dozen writers I always read.

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