By its cover

I saw this cover illustration and instantly wanted to read the book. It's so simple and elegant--now I'm going to have to go scrounge up a copy to read, or to frame...

Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie


Sweeping in scope and mesmerizing in its evocation of time and place, Burnt Shadows is an epic narrative of disasters elided and confronted, loyalties offered and repaid, and loves rewarded and betrayed.

August 9, 1945, Nagasaki. Hiroko Tanaka steps out onto her veranda, taking in the view of the terraced slopes leading up to the sky. Wrapped in a kimono with three black cranes swooping across the back, she is twenty-one, in love with the man she is to marry, Konrad Weiss.

In a split second, the world turns white. In the next, it explodes with the sound of fire and the horror of realization. In the numbing aftermath of a bomb that obliterates everything she has known, all that remains are the bird-shaped burns on her back, an indelible reminder of the world she has lost.

In search of new beginnings, Hiroko travels to Delhi two years later. There she walks into the lives of Konrad’s half-sister, Elizabeth, her husband, James Burton, and their employee, Sajjad Ashraf, from whom she starts to learn Urdu. As the years unravel, new homes replace those left behind and old wars are seamlessly usurped by new conflicts. But the shadows of history - personal, political - are cast over the entwined worlds of the Burtons, Ashrafs, and Tanakas as they are transported from Pakistan to New York, and in the novel’s astonishing climax, to Afghanistan in the immediate wake of 9/11. The ties that have bound them together over decades and generations are tested to the extreme, with unforeseeable consequences.

If anyone's handing out review copies of this book, please send one my way! :)

Happy Reading!


ANovelMenagerie said...

Is that code? I'm confused by the post.

Dreamybee said...

Yes, the Amazon review shows up as wing dings or something in my Google Reader.

Anna said...

Thanks for letting me know about this book. Sounds like a must-read for me.

Diary of an Eccentric

Anonymous said...

You're right, it's a beautiful cover. And the plot also sounds good!

Jo-Jo said...

That sounds like an excellent book Meg! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Zibilee said...

Ooh! This sound like a good one! I am going to put this on my wish list right now. Thanks for posting this!

Amy said...

This looks fantastic!! I definitely want to read this one.

Dar said...

The cover is indeed beautiful and the book sounds really good too. Thanks, I'll have to check it out.

Ladytink_534 said...

Very elegant and it sort of evokes what the story is about too! Hope you get this one :)

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