The Year of the Runaways

The Year of the Runaways

Book - 2015
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The Year of the Runaways tells of the bold dreams and daily struggles of an unlikely family thrown together by circumstance. Thirteen young men live in a house in Sheffield, each in flight from India and in desperate search of a new life. Tarlochan, a former rickshaw driver, will say nothing about his past in Bihar; and Avtar has a secret that binds him to protect the choatic Randeep. Randeep, in turn, has a visa-wife in a flat on the other side of town: a clever, devout woman whose cupboards are full of her husband's clothes, in case the immigration men surprise her with a call. Sweeping between India and England, and between childhood and the present day, this generous, unforgettable novel is a story of dignity in the face of adversity and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit.
Publisher: London :, Gardners Books,, 2015
ISBN: 9781447241645
Branch Call Number: SAHOT
Characteristics: 467 pages

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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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