The Resource China room, Sunjeev Sahota

China room, Sunjeev Sahota

Label
China room
Title
China room
Statement of responsibility
Sunjeev Sahota
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A transfixing novel about two unforgettable characters seeking to free themselves--one from the expectations of women in early 20th century Punjab, and the other from the weight of life in the contemporary Indian diaspora. Mehar, a young bride in rural 1929 Punjab, is trying to discover the identity of her new husband. Married to three brothers in a single ceremony, she and her now-sisters spend their days hard at work in the family's "china room," sequestered from contact with the men--except when their domineering mother-in-law, Mai, summons them to a darkened chamber at night. Curious and strong willed, Mehar tries to piece together what Mai doesn't want her to know. From beneath her veil, she studies the sounds of the men's voices, the calluses on their fingers as she serves them tea. Soon she glimpses something that seems to confirm which of the brothers is her husband, and a series of events is set in motion that will put more than one life at risk. As the early stirrings of the Indian independence movement rise around her, Mehar must weigh her own desires against the reality--and danger--of her situation. Spiraling around Mehar's story is that of a young man who arrives at his uncle's house in Punjab in the summer of 1999, hoping to shake an addiction that has held him in its grip for more than two years. Growing up in small-town England as the son of an immigrant shopkeeper, his experiences of racism, violence, and estrangement from the culture of his birth led him to seek a dangerous form of escape. As he rides out his withdrawal at his family's ancestral home--an abandoned farmstead, its china room mysteriously locked and barred--he begins to knit himself back together, gathering strength for the journey home. Partly inspired by award-winning author Sunjeev Sahota's family history, China Room is at once a deft exploration of how systems of power circumscribe individual lives and a deeply moving portrait of the unconquerable human capacity to resist them. At once sweeping and intimate, lush and propulsive, it is a stunning achievement from a contemporary master"--
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Character
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10964749
Cataloging source
DLC
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1981-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sahota, Sunjeev
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6119.A355
LC item number
C49 2021
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Villages
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Spouses
  • Marriage
  • Redemption
  • Secrecy
  • Punjab (India)
Target audience
adult
Label
China room, Sunjeev Sahota
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1222055671
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First United States edition.
Extent
243 pages
Isbn
9780593298145
Lccn
2021019350
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1222055671
Label
China room, Sunjeev Sahota
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1222055671
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First United States edition.
Extent
243 pages
Isbn
9780593298145
Lccn
2021019350
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1222055671

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