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by Rosie Dastgir
A Small Fortune is a capable addition to its ranks - albeit too . Dastgir handles other motifs from the East-West canon less adroitly. 376 pp. Riverhead Books.
A Small Fortune is a capable addition to its ranks - albeit too familiar and too heavy with generic reflections on the clashing of cultures. At the start, the middle-aged Harris is broke. There’s an obligatory feel to the way she describes a young Muslim’s flirtation with radical Islam, as if she’s checking an item off a to-do list.
A Small Fortune offers an affectionate and affecting look at class, culture, and the heartbreak of misinterpretation. The saga of an Anglo-Pakistani family, this book shows how family members face their demons under the premise of acquiring some of a small divorce settlement. The prodigal daughter has quit medical.
1 online resource (376 pages). A smart debut novel that explores the complexities of cultural differences, family loyalties, and what is lost in translation. Harris, the patriarch of his large extended family in both England and Pakistan, has unexpectedly received a "small fortune" from his divorce settlement with an English woman. As a devout Muslim, Harris views this sum as a "burden of riches" that he must unload on someone else as quickly as possible.
A Small Fortune book. With insight, affection, and a great gift for character and story, Dastgir immerses us in a rich, beautifully drawn immigrant community and complex extended family. She considers the challenges between relatives of different cultural backgrounds, generations, and experiences-and the things they have to teach one another.
Rosie Dastgir was born in England to a Pakistani father and an English mother.
Among the strengths of writing are the naturalistic flow of her dialogue and her ear for the Yorkshire lilt. Rosie Dastgir was born in England to a Pakistani father and an English mother. She was educated at Oxford University and received an MFA in film from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Brooklyn.
Rosie lived in Whitechapel, East London, before moving to Brooklyn, New York, in 2005. A Small Fortune is her first novel.
A smart debut novel that explores the complexities of cultural differences, family loyalties, and what is lost in translation.