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Losers in the game of life

Tahmima Anam writes movingly of an arranged marriage and unfulfilled love in her tender third novel, The Bones of Grace

7 May 2016

9:00 AM

7 May 2016

9:00 AM

The Bones of Grace Tahmima Anam

Canongate, pp.407, £14.99, ISBN: 9781847679772

Mysteries abound here — enigmas of identity and betrayal, long-buried secret transactions leading to quests — for a lost child, an abandoned wife, a missing mother… The Bones of Grace has a narrative as fragmented as a scattered jigsaw, initially puzzling, with seemingly disparate stories slowly coming together one by one, until the moment a last piece clicks sweetly into place to give us the revelation of a perfect, satisfying whole.

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