The Year of the Runaways

The Year of the Runaways

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Short-listed for the 2015 Man Booker Prize

The Guardian: The Best Novels of 2015
The Independent: Literary Fiction of the Year 2015


From one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists and Man Booker Prize nominee Sunjeev Sahota—a sweeping, urgent contemporary epic, set against a vast geographical and historical canvas, astonishing for its richness and texture and scope, and for the utter immersiveness of its reading experience.

Three young men, and one unforgettable woman, come together in a journey from India to England, where they hope to begin something new—to support their families; to build their futures; to show their worth; to escape the past. They have almost no idea what awaits them.

In a dilapidated shared house in Sheffield, Tarlochan, a former rickshaw driver, will say nothing about his life in Bihar. Avtar and Randeep are middle-class boys whose families are slowly sinking into financial ruin, bound together by Avtar’s secret. Randeep, in turn, has a visa wife across town, whose cupboards are full of her husband’s clothes in case the immigration agents surprise her with a visit. 

She is Narinder, and her story is the most surprising of them all. 

The Year of the Runaways unfolds over the course of one shattering year in which the destinies of these four characters become irreversibly entwined, a year in which they are forced to rely on one another in ways they never could have foreseen, and in which their hopes of breaking free of the past are decimated by the punishing realities of immigrant life.  

A novel of extraordinary ambition and authority, about what it means and what it costs to make a new life—about the capaciousness of the human spirit, and the resurrection of tenderness and humanity in the face of unspeakable suffering.


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Baker & Taylor
A Man Booker Prize nominee follows the story of three young men and a woman who journey together from India to England to fulfill respective goals while hiding painful secrets from the past and struggling with financial limitations and the punishing realities of immigrant life.

Baker
& Taylor

Three young men and a woman journey together from India to England to build a better future while hiding painful secrets from the past and struggling with financial limitations and the punishing realities of immigrant life.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101946114 electronic bk
9780451492982 electronic bk
1101946113 electronic bk
0451492986 electronic bk
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC SAHOTA
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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This is a book that talks about the evils of the caste system and the plight of Indian economic migrants in Britain. It's told in a non-linear style, so you might think: Dickens for the contemporary period — a lot of social commentary. But instead, what the author does is focus in on the lives of... Read More »

The lives of three young men, and one unforgettable woman, intertwine over the course of one year after they immigrate from India to Sheffield, England.


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saratink
Sep 07, 2016

I REALLY liked this book, one of the best books I've read in a while. The book is separated into 4 seasons, and I read each season in one sitting, which helped me keep the characters & story straight, because I did find it a little confusing in the beginning. As someone living in Tucson, I found this book especially interesting in terms of thinking about migrants and immigration.

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mko123
May 09, 2016

You will never look at immigrants the same. It will also help you understand the tangled knot of love and fear that binds us to our family and culture. I highly recommend this, but be ready to see severe, shameful exploitation of immigrants by the West.mko

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uncommonreader
Nov 08, 2015

This is a beautiful and thought-provoking book in which the political is addressed through the personal. It tells the stories of four people living in an England where aspects of the Indian culture such as the caste system and the idea of honour are transported to their immigrant community. Sunjeev tells his stories in a subtle way that makes the reader read to the end and think about immigration, perhaps in a new way.

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