- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (June 3 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1443408174
- ISBN-13: 978-1443408172
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 399 g
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Where The Air Is Sweet Paperback – Deckle Edge, Jun 3 2014
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“Beautifully written and brimming with intelligence. A wonderful debut.” (Katrina Onstand, author of the Giller Prize nominatee <em>Everybody Has Everything</em>)
“This story is at turns engrossing, shocking, beautiful, yet revolting in its dark reality. But it is an important history of a displaced diaspora searching for a place in this world to call home.” (<em>The Globe and Mail</em>)
“Readers are drawn into the family’s hard-won victories, only to share the acute disbelief and unimaginable pain people must feel when, in a heartbeat, their entire reality shifts from a firm foundation filled with everyday life to a nightmare of violence and homelessness.” (<em>Toronto Star</em>)
“Where the Air Is Sweet is a story of family, but it is also a story of rights—the rights of women, the rights of citizens, the rights of humanity. . . . . Beautifully written and deeply emotional.” (<em>National Post</em>)
“Jamal has woven a large cast of characters spanning three generations and three continents into an engrossing tale of race, gender and family relations with a sophisticated eye to their culture origins, and an appreciation for life in Canada, ‘where the air is sweet.’” (<em>Winnipeg Free Press</em>)
“With her graceful, confident prose, Jamal creates a world so real it pulsates with vitality and tenderness. Her characters straddle the permeable, ever-shifting line between homes, between overlapping identities, between longing and belonging, desire and hope.” (Ayelet Tsabari, author of <em>The Best Place on Earth</em>, winner of the Sami Rohr Prize)
“Big of heart and mind, Tasneem Jamal’s powerful debut novel exposes the fragility of belonging and, with its sweeping historical eye, brings home the true meaning of Canada.” (Carrie Snyder, author of the Governor General’s Award–nominated <em>The Juliet Stories</em>)
About the Author
TASNEEM JAMAL was born in Mbarara, Uganda, and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1975. She has worked as a journalist for over a decade at a number of Canadian newspapers, including The Globe and Mail and the National Post. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in Chatelaine, Saturday Night magazine and the Literary Review of Canada. She lives in Kitchener with her husband and two daughters
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