Tahmima Anam

The Bones of Grace

Saturday 17th September 2016

Tahmima Anam
The Bones of Grace, Tahmima Anam

Tahmima Anam was inspired to become a writer by her parents, who were freedom fighters during the Bangladesh Liberation. Her first novel, A Golden Age, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and won the 2008 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book. Startlingly accomplished, it told the story of the civil war that led to Bangladesh’s independence – through the eyes of a mother struggling to keep her children safe. Her second novel, The Good Muslim, reunited us with her characters and returned to Dhaka in the aftermath of war. Powerful and heartbreaking, it was a profound examination of family, parenthood, faith, radicalisation and human resilience.

Her new novel, Bones of Grace, is the final book in her Bengal trilogy and features the youngest generation of the Hague family. A sweeping love story set in the present day, it explores migration, belonging, identity and climate change as her characters traverse countries, continents and communities. Tash Aw calls The Bones of Grace ‘a powerful examination of what means to live in a world of collapsing boundaries and conflicting values’ whilst Kamila Shamsie describes it as ‘A novel of heart, brain and muscle – the competing pulls of history and love are evoked here with a rare honesty, and great skill.’

Tahmima Anam was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, educated in the United States and now lives in East London. She was selected as one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists in 2013. She is a regular contributor to the Guardian and the International New York Times, writing opinion pieces on culture, politics and her homeland. She was a Judge for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.