The details in this book are simply incredible. And I'm not talking about the descriptive details, but the minor characters and back stories. The minor characters are fascinating and suggestive. In Bangladesh, there is Makku Pagla, always reading and carrying an umbrella who kills himself by falling down a well. There is Tamizuddin Mizra Haque the quiet barber who always knows the correct information about every thing. In London, there is Mrs. Islam, the money lender with her two sons, Number One and Number Two, as enforcers. There is Razia, Nazneen's closest friend whose husband dies when seventeen frozen cows fall on him in the slaughterhouse where he works. Extremely unusual without being "over the top" this is a fascinating novel. Would also recommend a novel by the title THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD.