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Where The Air Is Sweet

by Tasneem Jamal

HarperCollins | June 3, 2014 | Trade Paperback

Where The Air Is Sweet is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

In 1972, dictator Idi Amin expelled 80,000 South Asians from Uganda. Though many had lived in East Africa for generations, they were forced to flee in ninety days as their country descended into a surreal vortex of chaos and murder.

Spanning the years between 1921 and 1975, Where the Air Is Sweet tells the story of Raju, a young Indian man drawn to Africa by the human impulse to seek a better life, and three generations of his family, who carve a life for themselves in a racially stratified colonial and post-colonial society. Where the Air Is Sweet is the story of a family: their loves, their griefs and, finally, their sudden expulsion at the hands of one of the world's most terrifying tyrants.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.96 in

Published: June 3, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443408174

ISBN - 13: 9781443408172

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book This bool is beautifully written, compelling and irresistible from the first sentence. I couldn't put it down. I remember the stories of Idi Amin when I was growing up, but didn't fully understand what was happening in Uganda. This book tells that story through three generations of a family. Great characters, fascinating story above all simply lovely writing. I will read this again. Well done Tasneem Jamal.
Date published: 2015-03-20

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Where The Air Is Sweet

Where The Air Is Sweet

by Tasneem Jamal

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.96 in

Published: June 3, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443408174

ISBN - 13: 9781443408172

From the Publisher

In 1972, dictator Idi Amin expelled 80,000 South Asians from Uganda. Though many had lived in East Africa for generations, they were forced to flee in ninety days as their country descended into a surreal vortex of chaos and murder.

Spanning the years between 1921 and 1975, Where the Air Is Sweet tells the story of Raju, a young Indian man drawn to Africa by the human impulse to seek a better life, and three generations of his family, who carve a life for themselves in a racially stratified colonial and post-colonial society. Where the Air Is Sweet is the story of a family: their loves, their griefs and, finally, their sudden expulsion at the hands of one of the world's most terrifying tyrants.

About the Author

TASNEEM JAMALwas born in Mbarara, Uganda, and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1975. She has worked as a journalist for over a decade as an editor atThe Globe and Mail,Saturday Nightmagazine and theNational Post. She has written fiction and non-fiction for theToronto Review of Contemporary Writing Abroad, The Globe and Mail, Saturday Night magazine, the National Postand theLiterary Review of Canada. She lives in Kitchener with her husband and two daughters.

Editorial Reviews

“Big of heart and mind, Tasneem Jamal’s powerful debut novel exposes the fragility of belonging and, with its sweeping historical eye, brings home the true meaning of Canada.” —Carrie Snyder, author of Governor General’s Award–nominated The Juliet Stories