New Fiction Star Taps Bangladeshi Roots
by Vanessa Thorpe and Mahtab Haider for Guardian Unlimited Books
“Great writing may be in the blood, but having a window seat on remarkable historical events can help to shape an author. A major new talent, Tahmima Anam, has the advantage of coming from a line of gifted Bangladeshi writers and thinkers, yet it is the damaging experience her family shared with thousands of others living around them that is to see her launched in Britain.
Anam, a 31-year-old Londoner born in Bangladesh, is the author of a book that charts the personal impact of the violent upheaval which split a continent and drove a wedge between close relatives in the 1970s. The Golden Age, her debut novel, to be published early next year, has been hailed as a work to rival Brick Lane by Monica Ali and White Teeth by Zadie Smith.”