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  • Written by: Saleema Nawaz
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
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Written by: Saleema Nawaz
Narrated by: Erin Moon
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Beena and Sadhana are sisters who share a bond that could only have been shaped by the most unusual of childhoods - and by shared tragedy. Orphaned as teenagers, they have grown up under the exasperated watch of their Sikh uncle, who runs a bagel shop in Montreal's Hasidic community of Mile End. Together, they try to make sense of the rich, confusing brew of values, rituals, and beliefs that form their inheritance. Yet as they grow towards adulthood, their paths begin to diverge. Beena catches the attention of one of the "bagel boys" and finds herself pregnant at 16 while Sadhana drives herself to perfectionism and anorexia.

When we first meet the adult Beena, she is grappling with a fresh grief: Sadhana has died suddenly and strangely, her body lying undiscovered for a week before anyone realizes what has happened. Beena is left with a burden of guilt and an unsettled feeling about the circumstances of her sister's death, which she sets about to uncover. Her search stirs memories and opens wounds, threatening to undo the safe, orderly existence she has painstakingly created for herself and her son.

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Should have won Canada Reads

This book was a Canada Reads nominee in 2016. It lost to The Illegal, which was a plodding, predictable, turgid, cliche piece of garbage. This, of course, shows the problem with the whole Canada Reads project--it can allow unmitigated crap to triumph over a great read (admittedly, The Orenda and February were worthy winners--though I can't claim to have read all of their competitors).
This book, in contrast Hill's pile, is beautifully written, clever, honest, and as a bonus actually Canadian! It traces the lives of two sisters in Montreal (Bina and Sadma) who are orphaned as teenagers and cope with two pretty authentic challenges: teenaged pregnancy (and then raising a son, Quinn) and anorexia. The lives of the three unravel with Sadma's death. So, the story, from Bina's point of view explores grief, sisterhood, motherhood, the stress of care, the longing for a parent (especially Quinn's desire for his father, but the girls' desire for their mother too), and the immigrant experience. It moves between the past and the present, using the one to inform responses in the other in ways that remind us how we are prepared or constructed by our experience. #audible1