"Ingenious... Builds to one of the most memorable final scenes I've read in a novel this century." (The New York Times)
Winner of the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction
Finalist for the 2019 International Dublin Literacy Award
Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize
The suspenseful and heartbreaking story of an immigrant family driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences
Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother's death, she's accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred. But she can't stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. When he resurfaces half a globe away, Isma's worst fears are confirmed.
Then Eamonn enters the sisters' lives. Son of a powerful political figure, he has his own birthright to live up to - or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz's salvation? Suddenly, two families' fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined in this searing novel that asks: What sacrifices will we make in the name of love?
“Ingenious and love-struck...Home Fire takes flight.... Shamsie drives this gleaming machine home in a manner that, if I weren’t handling airplane metaphors, I would call smashing.... Builds to one of the most memorable final scenes I’ve read in a novel this century.” (New York Times)
“[U]rgent and explosive…near perfect...a difficult book to put down.” (NPR)
"[A] haunting novel, full of dazzling moments and not a few surprising turns...Home Fire blazes with the kind of annihilating devastation that transcends grief." (Washington Post)