The Family Tree
Description*Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2020*
'Poignantly paints the extraordinary in ordinary lives. A brilliant first book from Hussain.' Sunday Post
'An evocative portrayal of love and family.' Ayisha Malik
'Invites you in, not as a stranger but as a family friend. I loved it. ' Katie Fforde
'Hussain weaves a tale of fragility and resilience. A wonderful debut.' Catherine Mayer
'A brilliant read... I was totally engrossed and invested in Amjad, Saahil and Zahra's lives. A masterclass in representation and brilliant writing.' Zeba Talkhani, author of My Past is a Foreign Country
'One of the best new books by black and POC authors in 2020'
'Top Book Releases To Look Forward To In 2020' Bustle
'Top 10 Books by British Asian authors to look out for in 2020' Asian Image
Your roots can always lead you home...
Amjad cradles his baby daughter in the middle of the night. He has no time to mourn his wife's death. Saahil and Zahra, his two small children, are relying on him. Amjad vows to love and protect them always.
Years later, Saahil and his best friend, Ehsan, have finished university and are celebrating with friends. But when the night turns dangerous, its devastating effects will ripple through the years to come.
Zahra's world is alight with politics and activism. But she is now her father's only source of comfort, and worries she'll never have time for her own aspirations. Life has taken her small family in different directions - will they ever find their way back to each other?
The Family Tree is the moving story of a British Muslim family full of love, laughter and resilience as well as all the faults, mistakes and stubborn loyalties which make us human .
'A profound, beautifully observed portrait of a British-Muslim family rocked by tragedy. So endearing are the characters, I grieved as they grieved, cheered as they healed and clung to them for days after the final page.' Kia Abdullah, author of Take it Back
' A multi-generational story crafted with warmth... An engaging debut.' Vaseem Khan
'Both unflinching and full of hope; the writing is compassionate and true.' Stephanie Butland
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