Product Description Rehana Haque, a young widow, blissfully prepares for the party she will host for her son and daughter. But this is 1971 in East Pakistan, and change is in the air. Set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh War of Independence, A Golden Age is a story of passion and revolution; of hope, faith, and unexpected heroism in the midst of chaos—and of one woman's heartbreaking struggle to keep her family safe. Review âIn this striking debut novel . . . Anam deftly weaves the personal and the political, giving the terrors of war spare, powerful treatment while lyrically depicting the way in which the struggle for freedom allows Rehana to discover both her strength and her heart.â ( The New Yorker) âA vibrant first novelâ¦A story that is both intimately close to the family and large enough to encompass a revolution.â ( Denver Post) âTold with great skill and urgencyâ¦Spellbinding in its sense of quiet forebodingâ¦Anam has written a story about powerful events. But it is her descriptions of the small, unheralded moments, the ones slipping effortlessly between the interstices of major conflagrations, which truly touch the heart.â ( San Francisco Chronicle) âReadable and well crafted . . . Compelling . . . A generous act of creative empathy . . . Anam does not flinch from complexity and horror of a more intimate nature than the details of atrocities.â ( Washington Post Book World) âA GOLDEN AGE has everything an epic should have...[Anam] is able to convey the larger story of politics and war against a much smaller and more intimate story.â (San Jose Mercury News) âA glittering debutâ¦Readers of Khaled Hosseiniâs brutal but magnificent A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS will find similar pleasures in Anamâs book.â (St. Petersburg Times) âWritten with marvelous control and understatement, this first novel impressed me with its maturity.â (Women's Review of Books) âeventful, exotic, intelligent, and romanticâ ( Entertainment Weekly) âTahmima Anamâs startlingly accomplished and gripping novel describes not only the tumult of a great historical eventâ¦but also the small but heroic struggles of individuals living in the shadow of revolution and war.â (Pankaj Mishra) â[A] wonderful addition to the growing list of novels that seek, in some way, to help us understand the history and people of South Asia.â ( USA Today) About the Author Tahmima Anam is an anthropologist and a novelist. Her debut novel, A Golden Age, won the 2008 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book. In 2013, she was named one of Grantaâs Best Young British Novelists. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and was a judge for the 2016 International Man Booker Prize. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she was educated at Mount Holyoke College and Harvard University, and now lives in Hackney, East London.