Monica Ali’s first book, Brick Lane, was a sharply observed study of the life of an Asian immigrant girl dealing with issues of love, cultural difference and the human spirit in Tower Hamlets. In the Kitchen is her follow up to Brick Lane. Opening with a mysterious death in the cellars of a smart, cosmopolitan hotel and, over the course of the ensuing pages, peeling back the layers of polyglot London to reveal the melting pot which exists below, Ali shows again that she is not only a brilliant modern storyteller, but also an acute observer of contemporary culture and race in Britain today.
Monica Ali is one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists of the decade and has been nominated for most major literary prizes in Britain. Brick Lane was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, the George Orwell Prize for political writing, the prestigious Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times ‘First Fiction’ Prize, for which the book was shortlisted. Her third novel is In the Kitchen (2009).
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