Maps for Lost Lovers

Maps for Lost Lovers

Book - 2005
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Jugnu and his lover, Chanda, have disappeared. Though unmarried, they had been living together, embracing the contemporary mores of the English town where they lived but disgracing themselves in the eyes of their close-knit Pakistani community. Rumors about their disappearance abound, but five months go by before anything certain is known. Finally, on a snow-covered January morning, Chanda's brothers are arrested for the murder of their sister and Jugnu. Shock and disbelief spread through the community, and for Jugnu's brother, Shamas, and his wife, Kaukab, it is a moment that marks the beginning of the unraveling of all that is sacred to them. As the novel unfolds over the next twelve months, we watch Kaukab struggle to maintain her Islamic piety as the effects of the double murder prove increasingly corrosive to the life of her family. Upon its publication last year in England, Alan Hollinghurst praisedMaps for Lost Loversas "haunting, vivid, and tender," and Colm Tóibín hailed it as "a superb achievement, a book in which every detail is nuanced, every piece of drama carefully choreographed, even minor characters carefully drawn." Beautifully written, emotionally and sensually arresting--"a Persian love poem for the twenty-first century"(Books Quarterly)--this deeply felt and moving novel explores the heart of a family at the crossroads of culture, nationality, religion, and the most personal crises of faith.Maps for Lost Loversintroduces American readers to a magnificent voice in fiction.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2005, c2004.
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781400042425
Branch Call Number: ASLAM N
Characteristics: xii, 379 pages ; 25 cm.


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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 19, 2015

In an unnamed town in England, Jugnu and Chanda have disappeared. Rumours abound in the close-knit Pakistani community. And then on a snow-covered January morning Chanda's brothers are arrested for their murder. The story of the next twelve months describes the unraveling of all that is sacred to a family at the crossroads of culture, community, nationality and religion, and is told in a language that is rich in detail, languid in cadence and arrestingly poetic.

Jun 13, 2012

Beautifully, lyrically written story of a Pakistani family in London...heartbreaking but lovely at the same time. Jumps a bit in time and the names were a bit tough at first, but power through if you are confused at first...I found it well worth it.


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