China Room

Category: Book
By (author): Sahota, Sunjeev
Subject:  FICTION / Cultural Heritage
  FICTION / Family Life
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Published: July 2021
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 0.62in
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From The Publisher*

From the Booker Prize finalist, a captivating novel about two unforgettable characters seeking to free themselves--one from the expectations placed on women in early twentieth-century Punjab, and the other from the weight of life in the contemporary Indian diaspora.

1929. Fifteen-year-old Mehar is one of three wives married to three brothers on a farm in small-town Punjab. The problem is, she doesn't know which of them is her husband. She and her "sisters" spend their days hard at work, sequestered from the men--except when their domineering mother-in-law, Mai, summons them to a darkened chamber at night. Curious and headstrong, Mehar can't help but try to piece together what Mai doesn't want her to know. From beneath her veil, she studies the sounds of the men's voices, the calluses on their fingers as she serves their tea. When at last, through the slats of the family's china room, she glimpses something that seems to confirm her husband's identity, a passion is ignited that will put more than one life at risk.

1999. A British Sikh man drops out of university and travels to Punjab, hoping to shake an addiction that has held him in its grip for over a year. Growing up in small-town England, the son of an immigrant shopkeeper, his experiences of racist ostracism and violence led him to seek a dangerous form of escape. Now, as he rides out his withdrawal at an old farmstead belonging to the family, he meets a woman, an outcast who offers him friendship.

At once sweeping and intimate, vivid and gripping, China Room is a deeply moving story of oppression, love, trauma, and resilience--the perfect book for our times.

Review Quote*

Advance praise for China Room:

"China Room, a multi-generational masterpiece based in part on Sahota's family history, could well see him nominated [for the Booker] again." -Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail, "Books to Look Out For 2021"

"China Room burns quietly but fiercely from first page to last-a gorgeous, gripping read." -Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire

"An intense drama of classic themes - love, family, survival, and betrayal - told with passion and precision in Sahota's economical, lyrical prose. China Room is a brilliant novel. I won't forget any of these characters." -Adam Foulds, author of The Quickening Maze

"China Room is a stunning novel, I'm blown away by it. It's so complex and yet lucid and easy, so perfectly achieved." -Tessa Hadley, author of The Past

"Such a thrilling combination of beauty and heartbreak. It's breathtaking." -Charlotte Mendelson, author of Almost English

Biographical Note

SUNJEEV SAHOTA is the author of the novels Ours are the Streets (UK only) and The Year of the Runaways, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize and was awarded a European Union Prize for Literature in 2017. He was born in Derbyshire in 1981 and lives in Sheffield with his wife and children.