SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE
'Written with a wisdom and skill that few authors attain in a lifetime' Sunday Times
Still in her teenage years, Nazneen finds herself in an arranged marriage with a disappointed older man. Away from her Bangladeshi village, home is now a cramped flat in a high-rise block in London's East End. Nazneen knows not a word of English, and is forced to depend on her husband.
Confined in her tiny flat, Nazneen sews furiously for a living, shut away with her buttons and linings - until the radical Karim steps unexpectedly into her life. On a background of racial conflict and tension, they embark on a love affair that forces Nazneen finally to take control of her fate.
'A brilliant evocation of sensuality' Daily Telegraph
'A novel that will last' Guardian
'Highly evolved and accomplished' Observer
"'Ali has an impressive command of her story, but her real gift is in the richness of the lives she has created, populating Nazneen's London with a very entertaining cast of comic characters'"
"'I was totally gripped by Brick Lane. A brilliant evocation of sensuality which might occur anywhere'"
"'Written with a wisdom and skill that few authors attain in a lifetime'"
"'Comedy and poignancy abound...Brick Lane is a wonderful debut'"
"'Brick Lane has everything: richly complex characters, a gripping story and it's funny too'"