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A God in Every Stoneby Kamila Shamsie
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A God in Every Stone is a kaleidoscopic masterpiece of empire and rebellion by a storyteller of dizzying ambition and talent.
Opening on the eve of the First World War in Turkey, the novel ends with a bloody massacre in the heart of India. And running through it is the story of an ancient lost circlet given to the explorer Scylax by the Persian King.
In 1914, Vivian Rose Spencer finds herself fulfilling a dream by joining an archeological dig in Turkey. Here, the young Englishwoman will fall in love with an old family friend. She comes to share her lover's obsession with finding Scylaxs lost silver circlet. But suddenly her idyllic summer ends with the outbreak of war.
Months later on the battlefields of Europe, Indian soldiers are fighting for the British Empire. At Ypres, one Qayyum Gul will lose an eye, and slowly begin to doubt his loyalties to the British King.
Returning to Peshawar, Vivian Rose Spencer and Qayyum Gul will share a train carriage, changing their lives forever.
With A God in Every Stone, Kamila Shamsie establishes herself as a major international voice whose storytelling sheds light on our own complex times.
A kaleidoscopic masterpiece of empire and rebellion by Kamila Shamsie, the Orange Prize shortlisted and Granta Best of Young British Novelist
In the summer of 1914 a young Englishwoman, Vivian Rose Spencer, finds herself fulfilling a dream by joining an archeological dig in Turkey. Working alongside Germans and Turks, she falls in love with archaeologist, Tahsin Bey, and joins him in his quest to find an ancient silver circlet. The outbreak of war in Europe brings her idyllic summer to a sudden end, and her friends become her nations enemies.
The following spring, in the battlefields of Europe, Qayyum Gul, a Lance Corporal from Peshawar fighting for the British, loses an eye, and is sent to recover in a Royal Pavilion in England, where he slowly begins to doubt his loyalties to the King.
Returning home, Qayyum shares a train carriage with Vivian Rose whose search for the circlet has led her to Peshawar in the heart of the British Raj. Fifteen years later, they will meet again, and their loyalties will be tested once more amidst massacres, cover-ups, and the disappearance of a young man they both love.
About the Author
Kamila Shamsie was a finalist for the Orange Prize and was selected as one of Grantas Best of Young British Novelists. She is the author of five other novels: In the City by the Sea, Kartography, Salt and Saffron, Broken Verses, and Burnt Shadows. She lives in London.
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