The Bones of Grace

The Bones of Grace

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"From the award-winning, nationally bestselling author of A Golden Age and The Good Muslim comes a lyrical, deeply moving modern love story about belonging, migration, tragedy, survival, and the mysteries of origins. On the eve of her departure to find the bones of the walking whale--the fossil that provides a missing link in our evolution--Zubaida Haque falls in love with Elijah Strong, a man she meets in a darkened concert hall in Boston. Their connection is immediate and intense, despite their differences: Elijah belongs to a prototypical American family; Zubaida is the adopted daughter of a wealthy Bangladeshi family in Dhaka. When a twist of fate sends her back to her hometown, the inevitable force of society compels her to take a very different path: she marries her childhood best friend and settles into a traditional Bangladeshi life. While her family is pleased by her obedience, Zubaida seethes with discontent. Desperate to finally free herself from her familial constraints, she moves to Chittagong to work on a documentary film about the infamous beaches where ships are destroyed, and their remains salvaged by locals who depend on the goods for their survival. Among them is Anwar, a shipbreaker whose story holds a key that will unlock the mysteries of Zubaida's past--and the possibilities of a new life. As she witnesses a ship being torn down to its bones, this woman torn between the social mores of her two homes--Bangladesh and America--will be forced to strip away the vestiges of her own life. and make a choice from which she can never turn back"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, [2016]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780061478949
0061478946
Branch Call Number: F ANAM-T
Characteristics: 411 pages ; 24 cm

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Eil_1
Jul 17, 2016

Enjoyed "A Golden Age" much more. Not having read "The Good Muslim" (the 2nd in this trilogy) significantly lessened the impact of this book. Although she was searching for her biological parents, there was too much of the romantic aspect to it.

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uncommonreader
Jul 08, 2016

This final book of the Bengal trilogy moves away from the political context to tell the story of a young paleontologist in the US and Bangladesh. The complicated structure of this novel does not always succeed as the author perhaps tries to do too much within the confines of this narrative. It is a love story and a search of independence in the move between two cultures.

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Feb 19, 2017

Tahmima Adam's writing beautifully captures complex and layered feelings of love, despair, loneliness, hope, and more.

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Zubaida is a Bangladeshi woman, adopted by kind and affluent parents in infancy. She is a paleontologist, now in Boston, studying an extinct kind of whale that had hoofs and walked. She fell in love with Elijah Strong, but cannot allow herself to love him because she is expected to marry Rashid, her childhood friend. Also, she cannot make peace with the emptiness in her heart that comes from not knowing anything about her birth parents. She returns to Bangladesh, gets married, is thwarted in her archeological dig, begins interviewing impoverished young workers at a shipyard whose job is to dismantle retired ships. All along, she is still in love with Elijah. The story ends with her having left Rashid, found out the sad story of who her mother was, and back in Boston preparing an exhibit of the whale fossil which she finally got through the intervention of a friend's influential father; she hopes that Elijah will see an announcement of the exhibit and come to her so they can live happily ever I after. I hope he does, too. I really enjoyed this book even though it got a tad tedious in places.

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