A Golden Age

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Harper Perennial
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5.3 X 7.8 X 0.9 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Tahmima Anam is an anthropologist and a novelist. Her debut novel, A Golden Age, won the 2008 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book. In 2013, she was named one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and was a judge for the 2016 International Man Booker Prize. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she was educated at Mount Holyoke College and Harvard University, and now lives in Hackney, East London.


"In this striking debut novel . . . Anam deftly weaves the personal and the political, giving the terrors of war spare, powerful treatment while lyrically depicting the way in which the struggle for freedom allows Rehana to discover both her strength and her heart." -- The New Yorker

"A vibrant first novel...A story that is both intimately close to the family and large enough to encompass a revolution." -- Denver Post

"Told with great skill and urgency...Spellbinding in its sense of quiet foreboding...Anam has written a story about powerful events. But it is her descriptions of the small, unheralded moments, the ones slipping effortlessly between the interstices of major conflagrations, which truly touch the heart." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"An assured and incisive debut novel...the characters emerge as richly textured and complicated human beings...Anam's clear-eyed prose elevates the love story...[which] has a cinematic 'English Patient' feel to it...it's a rich development" -- Boston Sunday Globe

"A generous act of creative empathy...A warmhearted novel...Anam has crafted a compelling tale steeped in her native land's diverse culture...She does not flinch from complexity and horror of a more intimate nature than the details of atrocities...The closing pages achieve real tragic stature." -- Washington Post Book World

"Once the war takes hold, Anam finds her subject in Rehana's fierce love for her children, in the story of what she is willing to do to keep them alive...History itself becomes an animating force...The second half of the novel acquires a taut, electric air, and I turned its pages greedily as it if were a thriller." -- New York Times Book Review

"A GOLDEN AGE has everything an epic should have--families torn apart by civil war, dreadful choices and betrayals, stolen moments of beauty. . . . By painting that portrait of maternal love, both powerful and overpowering, against the back drop of a young generation's love for a new country, Anam gives her story an extra layer of poignancy." -- San Jose Mercury News

"Tahmima Anam's startlingly accomplished and gripping novel describes not only the tumult of a great historical event...but also the small but heroic struggles of individuals living in the shadow of revolution and war." -- Pankaj Mishra

"Eventful, exotic, intelligent, and romantic." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Compelling...Anam is cracking open secrets, personal and political, to let the healing begin." -- O magazine

"A glittering debut...Readers of Khaled Hosseini's brutal but magnificent A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS will find similar pleasures in Anam's book." -- St. Petersburg Times

"Written with marvelous control and understatement, this first novel impressed me with its maturity." -- Women's Review of Books

"[A] wonderful addition to the growing list of novels that seek, in some way, to help us understand the history and people of South Asia." -- USA Today

"Moving...Full of beauty...Both a riveting tale and a lament for the atrocities the people suffered during Pakistan's invasion in 1971 ...The novel just keeps getting stronger as it progresses...building to a doozy of an ending." -- Christian Science Monitor

"An illumination on how far a woman will go to protect her children's bodies and souls . . . Anam reminds us most forcefully that a mother's love for her child is the most powerful and frightening weapon there is." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Anam's story gains momentum as its characters take shape...Readers will feel the depth of this nation's crisis through its people, and the conclusion delivers a surprising blow." -- Rocky Mountain News

"An impressive debut...Rehana's metamorphosis encapsulates her country's tragedy and makes for an immersive, wrenching narrative." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)