Monica Ali’s Brick Lane will most likely make it under many Christmas trees this year thanks to the New York Times which just released its short list of “Best Books” for the year. The New York Times’ glowing review suggests that the read is somewhat melancholic. More than a mere East versus the West sort of book, this first novel raises questions about fidelity and identity in an alien world.
One of the achievements of this deceptively sophisticated book lies in showing how that destruction could make a group of orthodox Muslims every bit as afraid as the rest of us, albeit for very different reasons.
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