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Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam

Friday May 6, 2016
11:00 am

Tags: KidsRead

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For this KidsRead event, we welcomed Tanwi Nandini Islam and NYC High Schoolers!


About Bright Lines 

 (Penguin Books)

For as long as she can remember, Ella has longed to feel at home. Orphaned as a child after her parents’ murder, and afflicted with hallucinations at dusk, she’s always felt more at ease in nature than with people. She traveled from Bangladesh to Brooklyn to live with the Saleems: her uncle Anwar, aunt Hashi, and their beautiful daughter, Charu, her complete opposite.

 

One summer, when Ella returns home from college, she discovers Charu’s friend Maya—an Islamic cleric’s runaway daughter—asleep in her bedroom. As the girls have a summer of clandestine adventure and sexual awakenings, Anwar—owner of a popular botanical apothecary—has his own secrets, threatening his thirty-year marriage. But when tragedy strikes, the Saleems find themselves blamed.

 

To keep his family from unraveling, Anwar takes them on a fated trip to Bangladesh, to reckon with the past, their extended family, and each other.

 

About Tanwi Nandini Islam

Tanwi Nandini Islam is a writer, multimedia artist, and founder of Hi Wildflower Botanica, a handcrafted natural perfume and skincare line. She was a finalist for the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. A graduate of Vassar College and Brooklyn College’s MFA program, she lives in Brooklyn.


 

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El proyecto The Big Read es una iniciativa del National Endowment for the Arts (el Fondo Nacional para las Artes de Estados Unidos) en cooperación con Arts Midwest.