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Leila

Leila

ISBN
9780571341313
Published
05/07/2018
9780571341313
Format
Hardback
Price
£10.00
Paperback
272

About the Book

Leila does for the barbarity of contemporary Indian nationalism what The Handmaid's Tale did for the yoke of patriarchy. It is urgent, gripping, topical, disturbing, and announces a talent we'll be talking about for years to come. - Neel Mukherjee

Soon to be adapted for the screen as a Netflix Original

Every year on Leila’s birthday Shalini kneels by the wall with a little yellow spade and scoops dry earth to make a pit for two candles. One each for herself and for Riz, the husband at her side.

But as Shalini walks from the patch of grass where she held her vigil the man beside her melts away. It is sixteen years since they took her, her daughter’s third birthday party, the last time she saw the three people she loves most dearly: her mother, her husband, her child.

Leila does for the barbarity of contemporary Indian nationalism what The Handmaid's Tale did for the yoke of patriarchy. It is urgent, gripping, topical, disturbing, and announces a talent we'll be talking about for years to come. - Neel MukherjeeSoon to be adapted for the screen as a Netflix OriginalEvery year on Leila’s birthday Shalini kneels by the wall with a little yellow spade and scoops dry earth to make a pit for two candles. One each for herself and for Riz, the husband at her side.But as Shalini walks from the patch of grass where she held her vigil the man beside her melts away. It is sixteen years since they took her, her daughter’s third birthday party, the last time she saw the three people she loves most dearly: her mother, her husband, her child.
“‘Intelligent, chilling, and deeply moving, Leila shows us a future that it both highly imaginative and all too believable.’”
- Kamila Shamsie
“[A] beautifully written debut novel – at its heart, it’s a desperately moving, heartfelt exploration of a mother’s pain and grief.”
- The Pool

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