The Year of the Runaways

The Year of the Runaways

Book - 2015
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Three young men from very different backgrounds come together in a journey from India to England, where they hope to begin something new. To support their families; where they can, to build their future; to show their worth; to escape the past. They have almost no idea of what awaits them. In a dilapidated shared house in Sheffield, Tarlochan, a former rickshaw driver, will say nothing about his life in Bihar. Avtar has a secret that binds him to the unpredictable Randeep. Randeep, in turn, has a visa-wife in a flat on the other side of town, whose cupboards are full of her husband's clothes in case the immigration men surprise her with a visit. She is Narinder, and her story is the most surprising of all. Utterly absorbing and beautiful, sweeping in scope, "The Year of the Runaways" is written with compassion touched by grace. As Tochi, Avtar, Randeep and Narinder negotiate their dreams, desires and shocking realities, as their histories continue to pull at them, as the seasons pass, what emerges is a novel of overwhelming humanity: one which asks how far we can decide our own course in life, and what we should do for love, for faith, and for family.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780345810151
Characteristics: 484 pages ;,24 cm.

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saratink
Sep 07, 2016

I REALLY liked this book, one of the best books I've read in a while. The book is separated into 4 seasons, and I read each season in one sitting, which helped me keep the characters & story straight, because I did find it a little confusing in the beginning. As someone living in Tucson, I found this book especially interesting in terms of thinking about migrants and immigration.

mko123 May 09, 2016

You will never look at immigrants the same. It will also help you understand the tangled knot of love and fear that binds us to our family and culture. I highly recommend this, but be ready to see severe, shameful exploitation of immigrants by the West.mko

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uncommonreader
Nov 08, 2015

This is a beautiful and thought-provoking book in which the political is addressed through the personal. It tells the stories of four people living in an England where aspects of the Indian culture such as the caste system and the idea of honour are transported to their immigrant community. Sunjeev tells his stories in a subtle way that makes the reader read to the end and think about immigration, perhaps in a new way.

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