Untold Story

Monica Ali (Author)

Product Details

Scribner Book Company
Publish Date
June 05, 2012
5.2 X 7.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.01 pounds
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About the Author

Monica Ali has been named by Granta as one of the twenty best young British novelists. She is the author of In the Kitchen, Alentejo Blue, and Brick Lane, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She lives in London with her husband and two children.


"A terrific, clever, multi-layered and subtle book (and let's not forget - hugely entertaining!)."--Joanne Harris, author of "Chocolat" and "Blueeyedboy"
"A masterpiece of suspense... This is a startlingly intelligent, perceptive and entertaining piece of fiction. It's quite brilliant."--"Daily Mirror" (UK)
"Thoughtful, compassionate... A suspenseful and gripping read."--"Financial Times"
"""Builds to a thrilling and rewarding finish... Daring and engrossing."--"Booklist" (starred review)
"Ali's third-person princess is a very convincing and sympathetic figure... Extremely skillfully done."--"Observer" (UK)
"Haunting and intensely readable, this is something between a thriller and a ghost story." --Lady Antonia Fraser
"Monica Ali has always been a brilliant and provocative writer, but "Untold Story" is not only a gripping read but a compassionate portrait of a woman in turmoil--her finest novel yet."--Gary Shteyngart, author of "Super Sad True Love Story"
"It is always said that Princess Diana was hunted and haunted, that her story contained the seeds of a contemporary myth. It was obvious that only the imagination of a first-rate novelist could master that material and make it fully and unforgettably alive. We now have the book we have been waiting for in Monica Ali's "Untold Story". It is a beautiful, gripping accomplishment, a treat for the heart and the head, and will be a joy to readers who believe in the possibility that a book can transform your basic sense of life."--Andrew O'Hagan, Booker-shortlisted author of "Our Fathers, Be Near Me" and "The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog"

"Ms. Ali builds tension as slickly as any thriller screenwriter: we find ourselves avidly rooting for Lydia to elude her stalker and somehow to hold on to the normal life she has made for herself."--Michiko Kakutani, "New York Times"

"An unapologetic hybrid of a novel, a literary examination of identity and a page-turning thriller, complete with car chase."--"O", the Oprah magazine
"Ali tells her story with unobtrusive, restrained prose... We've long since disappeared into the fiction. Lydia has become her own character, Diana a ghost: naive and vulnerable, self-centered, familiar to us in her self-destruction and her dark fairy-tale life but now entirely real and sympathetic. This remarkable transformation allows Ali to ponder the essence of what makes a person: in this case the sheer tenacity of a clever fighter, both silly and bold -and clearly the author's impetus for taking on, with astounding confidence, the woman who captivated the entrie world."--"San Francisco Chronicle"
"A dazzling feat... All the pistons are firing."--"Washington Post"
"Norman Rockwell couldn't paint a more affectionate portrait of small-town America."--"USA Today"