Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie wins 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction
Bloomsbury India has announced that the author Kamila Shamsie is the 2018 winner of Women’s Prize for Fiction.
While choosing Home Fire as the winner, Sarah Sands (chair of judges) commented, “We chose the book which we felt spoke for our times… Home Fire is about identity, conflicting loyalties, love, and politics. And it sustains mastery of its themes and its form. It is a remarkable book which we passionately recommend.”
The synopsis of the book is as follows:
Isma is free. After years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she is finally studying in America, resuming 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.
Then Eamonn enters the sisters’ lives. Handsome and privileged, he inhabits a London world away from theirs. As the son of a powerful British Muslim politician, Eamonn has his own birthright to live up to – or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz’s salvation? Two families’ fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined in this searing novel that asks: what sacrifices will we make in the name of love?
A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles’ Antigone, Home Fire is an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide – confirming Kamila Shamsie as a master storyteller of our times.
Kamila Shamsie is the author of six novels: In the City by the Sea (shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize); Salt and Saffron; Kartography (also shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize); Broken Verses; Burnt Shadows (shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction) and, most recently, A God in Every Stone, which was shortlisted for the Baileys Prize, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Three of her novels have received awards from Pakistan's Academy of Letters. Kamila Shamsie is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was named a Granta Best of Young British Novelist in 2013. She grew up in Karachi and now lives in London.
More praise for Home Fire:
‘Left me awestruck, on the edge of my chair, filled with admiration for her courage and ambition’ - Peter Carey
‘In perfect harmony with the heartbeat of modern times. No novel could be as timely’ - Aminatta Forna