A Golden Age

By Tahmima Anam
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061478758, 276pp.)

Publication Date: January 2009

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“A Golden Age is both a personal and a political history. The revolution of 1971 in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) is seen through the lens of family relationships, where choices that are sometimes perceived as abstract in the history books have immediate and heart-stopping consequences for individuals. Anam's writing is precise and her characters complex. The culture and the region are depicted in rich detail, and the plot builds to an ending that is both perfectly logical in the context of the novel and breathtaking in its daring. What more can a reader ask?”
-- Lilla Weinberger, Readers' Books, Sonoma, CA


Rehana Haque, a young widow, blissfully prepares for the party she will host for her son and daughter. But this is 1971 in East Pakistan, and change is in the air.

Set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh War of Independence, A Golden Age is a story of passion and revolution; of hope, faith, and unexpected heroism in the midst of chaos—and of one woman's heartbreaking struggle to keep her family safe.

About the Author
Tahmima Anam was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and grew up in Paris, Bangkok, and New York. She holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Harvard University. Her writing has been published in Granta, the New York Times, the Guardian, and the Financial Times. A Golden Age, her first novel, was the winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. She lives in London and Dhaka.
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