What does it mean to be a good daughter, sister, friend and citizen - and a good Muslim?
Tahmima Anam was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She was selected as a Granta Best of Young British Novelist 2013. Her first novel, A Golden Age, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Costa First Novel Award in 2007, and was the winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. Her second novel, The Good Muslim, was shortlisted for the 2013 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and was also longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2011. She lives in London.
* The narrative shimmers with poetry. Anam seems to be a novelist not so much luxuriating in the act of writing as in total control of it, using just the right words to create her stunning story Independent * A lyrical, thought-provoking, powerful meditation on belief, love and loyalty Easy Living * An exceptional and searching look at the horrors of war Metro * Powerful and ambitious, The Good Muslim more than fulfils the promises of Tahmima Anam's celebrated debut, A Golden Age Guardian * A fascinating, intense and complex book The Lady * Provides some penetrating meditations on faith, war, linguistic and class hegemony, parenthood, sibling rivalry and love. One looks forward to the third volume of the trilogy. -- Claire Chambers Times Literary Supplement * A major new talent Observer * Impressive ... Anam subtly handles the clash of opposing values to produce a powerful exploration of what it means to be radicalised as well as a moving depiction of the legacy of war. The Good Muslim more than confirms the promise apparent in her Commonwealth Writers' Prize-winning debut Financial Times * In this book of searing beauty, Tahmima Anam shows us a family searching for ways to navigate through the aftermath of war; in the process she takes us on an unforgettable journey through a young nation trying to define itself -- Kamila Shamsie, Author Of Burnt Shadows * What a superb novel. Its delicacy and power and breadth -- the way its compassion and grief keep complicating its anger -- I read it with heart in mouth Helen Garner, author of THE SPARE ROOM * Tahmima Anam's unflinching examination of the agonies of post-colonial nation-building sets the intimacy of personal life against a backdrop of national and religious conflict. Delicate, heart-wrenching and poetic, this is a novel of great poise and power -- Tash Aw, Author Of The Harmony Silk Factory And Map Of The Invisible World * Tahmima Anam's startlingly accomplished and gripping novel describes not only the tumult of a great historical event... but also the small but heroic struggles of individuals living in the shadow of revolution and war -- Pankaj Mishra On A Golden Age * Anam has done a service to her country ... No other writer has treated the subject with such clarity before, in English Times Literary Supplement on A Golden Age * In this striking debut novel ... Anam deftly weaves the personal and the political, giving the terrors of war spare, powerful treatment The New Yorker on A Golden Age * An assured, moving read The Times on A Golden Age * Beautifully told, intimate and touching; Anam has a knack for making you care so desperately for her characters that you admire their failings as much as their strengths Daily Mail on A Golden Age * Anam's prose is glowing and graceful throughout; whether detailing the degradations of a refugee camp, the tenderness of an unexpected love affair, or the exhilarated dread of a nation in cataclysm Guardian on A Golden Age * This is storytelling at its best ... A beautiful story of hope, heroism and human survival amid cruelty. Everyone should read this and learn Daily Express on A Golden Age * I couldn't tear myself away...the authenticity shines through Anam's beautiful, simple prose Harper's Bazaar on A Golden Age * A real page-turner, with a bravura, heart-stopping ending Telegraph on A Golden Age * A Bengali Suite Francaise -- Jonathan Freedland Newsnight Review on A Golden Age * What happens to a heart ravaged by war? What happens to the strongest bonds of familial love when a son or a brother walks down a path that seems incomprehensible? In this book of searing beauty, Tahmima Anam shows us a family searching for ways to navigate through these questions; in the process she takes us on an unforgettable journey through a young nation trying to define itself -- Kamila Shamsie, Author Of Burnt Shadows * An important novel Observer