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Kamila Shamsie and Hirsh Sawney take on private grief in today’s political landscape in their new novels.


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How does private grief come to blend into today’s turbulent political landscape? For the South Asian families at the center of Kamila Shamsie and Hirsh Sawhney’s latest novels, the death of parents launches surviving family members into unexpected political terrain. In Shamsie’s Home Fire and Sawhney’s South Haven, grief blurs with anger, borders, and resurgent nationalism, complicating the families’ allegiances to their home countries and adopted homes in the West. Moderated by Rozina Ali, who writes about India and Pakistan for The New Yorker.

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