This is the story of a Bangladeshi woman, Nazneen, who comes to London to be the wife of Chanu, a much older man. As a character, Chanu is a particularly memorable: infuriating, hilariously self-important but, in the end, a real person too, with insecurities, humility and love.

The book is funny, touching and absorbing. It is the story of how Nazneen grows into her new life, far from home. She learns with painful slowness how to make sense of this wholly foreign land and of her children, who grow up to reject their parent’s traditional values. Eventually, surprisingly, she becomes something much more powerful than a mere dutiful wife and mother.

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