Home Fire

Home Fire

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 Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother?s death, she?s ...

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Title:Home Fire
Author:Kamila Shamsie
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Home Fire
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:276 pages pages

Home Fire Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Aug 11, 2017
    I went looking for a review copy of this when it was included on the Man Booker Prize Long list, and was approved for one by the publisher through Edelweiss. This is a book that kept morphing as I read it and discussed it, and it ended up in a place far removed from my expectations ...
  • Maxwell
    Aug 21, 2017
    I don't give 1-star reviews very often because I feel like I don't read a lot of books I would label as 'bad.' And this book, even, isn't 'bad' in my eyes. But when I think about things I enjoyed regarding this novel, there's pretty much nothing redeemable for me. The characters were f...
  • ·Karen·
    Nov 03, 2017
    It's probably me. This happens to me not infrequently these days. I read a book. I can recognise, intellectually, that it is well written. The concept is an intriguing one - to re-write the Antigone story in an up-to-date setting (and it IS very up-to-date); it has a lot to say abou...
  • Trish
    Sep 18, 2017
    Shamsie?s novel was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize for 2017. It is topical: two British families with Muslim religious roots and Pakistani backgrounds cone together in a doomed pas de deux . The author Shamsie, according to cover copy, grew up in Karachi, and yet in her picture...
  • Peter Boyle
    Apr 02, 2018
    "Everything else you can live around, but not death. Death you have to live through." Well I can certainly see why this novel has earned heavy praise. It examines provocative themes like the plight of the modern Muslim and radicalization in such a nuanced and insightful way. But the...
  • Thomas
    Nov 22, 2017
    3.5 stars A relevant novel given our political climate, Home Fire details the complicated ordeal of three siblings haunted by the legacy of their jihadist father. The story begins with Isma, the eldest sister, a Londoner of Pakistani descent on her way to start her Ph.D. at Amherst....
  • Jill
    Sep 24, 2017
    If truth be known, I picked up Home Fire with some reluctance. My fear was that Home Fire would be another over-simplified book, painting its Muslim characters as either wild-eyed terrorists or pitiful victims. I needn?t have worried. This is a nuanced book that is good ? so go...
  • Claire McAlpine
    Aug 02, 2017
    I read Home Fire in two days, I thought it was brilliantly done, heartbreaking, tragic, essential. Underpinning the novel is the premise of Sophocles' 5thC BC play Antigone, an exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must prot...
  • Dianne
    Nov 04, 2017
    This is a powerful and gut-wrenching book loosely based on Greek mythology's story of Antigone, a woman defying a king to secure her brother an honorable burial. I knew this going in, so I did some research on Antigone so I could appreciate the parallels as they unfolded. "Home Fire...
  • Paul Fulcher
    Jul 27, 2017
    ?What do you say to your father when he makes a speech like that? Do you say, Dad, you?re making it OK to stigmatise people for the way they dress? Do you say, what kind of idiot stands in front of a group of teenagers and tells them to conform? Do you say, why didn?t you mentio...
  • Rachel
    Jul 12, 2017
    I don't know why I'd been under the impression that Home Fire was going to be a kind of loose, 'blink and you miss it' retelling of Antigone, but I'm almost glad that that had been my expectation, because the reality of this book completely caught me off guard. And I loved it. In this ...
  • Diane S ☔
    Aug 22, 2017
    There are so many timely subjects right now, world concerns and threats, and authors have responded in kind. This novel features two Muslim families in Britain, two families that have very different opinions on family and how to show or display their Muslim beliefs. It moves the themes...
  • Trudie
    Nov 11, 2017
    This book reminded me of why I love fiction so much. Sometimes I pick up a book for escapism, sometimes to be challenged by a writer who is a master with language, occasionally it's because I feel obligated to read a particular book. Home Fire reminded me that if I was to distill...
  • Larry H
    Aug 22, 2017
    Ever since their mother and grandmother died within the period of a year, Isma has cared for her younger twin siblings, Aneeka and Parvaiz. Their well-being has always been her first concern, even if it meant sacrificing her own dreams and ambitions. But now that the twins have turned ...
  • Sonja Arlow
    Feb 09, 2018
    A few years ago, one of my best friends eloped to marry a wonderful man. The fact that he was Muslim never even registered with me until she, a former Catholic, tentatively started telling people about this. She got mixed reactions even from those closest to her. Most recently her long...
  • Erin
    May 12, 2018
    Audiobook performed by Tania Rodrigues 7h 54 min A shortlist candidate for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018. If my reading of longlist nominee Miss Burma was the least read book, then Home Fire certainly appears to be one of the more popular reads of my fellow reviewers....
  • Adina
    Aug 15, 2017
    4.5* rounded up. Home Fire is the candidate I support to win the Booker Prize. Well, I only read 4 nominees until now so it is not a definite opinion. However, it is highly unlikely that I will make too much of an advancement in my reading of the longlist until the shortlist is pub...
  • Vanessa
    Aug 16, 2017
    A timely examination of what it means to be a Muslim in a hostile Western modern society where pre conceived notions are at odds with some horrifying realities. It took me awhile to fully invest in this book and about mid way I was deeply absorbed and felt the immense force and power o...
  • Doug
    Aug 11, 2017
    4.5 A modern gloss on Antigone, this Booker nominee is now in 2nd place of my ranked longlisted books (with four other nominees to go!). Unlike several GR friends who either had no prior knowledge of its classical connection, or weren't conversant in the original Greek, that element un...
  • Emma
    Nov 12, 2017
    This very modern retelling of Sophocless Antigone The Complete Plays shows exactly why ancient drama still holds valid questions and truths for modern audiences. In Shamsie's reshaping, it loses none of its power to question the morality how we live now, and what obligations we hold to...
  • Bookworm
    Dec 15, 2017
    Oh wow! What a thought-provoking and emotional read! I was not expecting such a powerful and cleverly written work of fiction. Home Fire tackles a difficult yet important subject matter - the humanistic impact of modern day terrorism. The reader is brought into an all-too-familiar ...
  • Hugh
    Jul 27, 2017
    When the Booker longlist was announced, this was one of the books that most interested me, because I really enjoyed Shamsie's previous two novels (A God in Every Stone and Burnt Shadows). I was a little nervous when I read that this is a modern retelling of Antigone, because my knowled...
  • Jennifer
    Sep 13, 2017
    This was a 3-star read for most of the book, but the last section was so phenomenal that it elevated the entire novel to something really special. Shamsie establishes the sovereignty of her own story before really diving into the Antigone references at the end, and she plays with a ra...
  • Neil
    Aug 16, 2017
    I have not read any of Shamsie?s previous novels, so this was new territory for me. It?s a good sign, I guess, that I have immediately added two other books to my ?to read? list to try some more. This book isn?t perfect, but it is very, very good. I have seen some discussi...
  • Gumble's Yard
    Jul 26, 2017
    Now shortlisted for the 2018 Women's Prize - a book I originally read due to its longlisting for the 2017 Booker prize and by an author whose previous works I have not read. In the stories of wicked tyrants men and women are punished with exile, bodies are kept from their families ...
  • Britta Böhler
    Aug 16, 2017
    4.5* ...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Sep 01, 2017
    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...
  • Dannii Elle
    Apr 04, 2018
    This is my sixth (and favourite) book read from the Women's Prize for Fiction longlist. This contemporary reimagining of Antigone uses a multitude of perspectives as a nexus to explore the differing experiences a Muslim individual can face, whilst residing in Britain. The opening sc...
  • Roman Clodia
    Jun 28, 2017
    Inspired by Sophocles' Antigone, this has a slightly shaky start but then soars into an outstanding tragedy of love, politics, justice and humanity. By drawing on Athenian tragedy, Shamsie makes the point that clashes of civic law vs a deeper, more humane sense of what is right have a...
  • Meike
    Aug 05, 2017
    Now Nominated for the Women's Prize for Fiction " - Go back to uni, study the law. Accept the law, even when it's unjust. - You don't love either justice or our brother if you can say that." This book tells the story of a British family with Pakistani roots that gets torn apart ...