Biography

Tahmima Anam

Tahmima Anam was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and grew up in Paris, Bangkok, and New York. She holds a PhD in social anthropology from Harvard University. Her writing has been published in Granta, the New York Times, the Guardian, and the Financial Times. A GOLDEN AGE, her first novel, was the winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. She lives in London and Dhaka.

Tahmima Anam

Books by Tahmima Anam

by Tahmima Anam - Fiction, Literary Fiction

On the eve of her departure to find the bones of the walking whale --- the fossil that provides a missing link in our evolution --- Zubaida Haque falls in love with Elijah Strong. Their connection is immediate and intense, despite their differences: Elijah belongs to a prototypical American family; Zubaida is the adopted daughter of a wealthy Bangladeshi family in Dhaka. When a twist of fate sends her back to her hometown, the force of society compels her to take a very different path: she marries her childhood best friend and settles into a traditional Bangladeshi life. While her family is pleased by her obedience, Zubaida seethes with discontent. As she witnesses a ship being torn down to its bones, this woman torn between the social mores of her two homes --- Bangladesh and America --- will be forced to strip away the vestiges of her own life…and make a choice from which she can never turn back.

by Tahmima Anam - Fiction

In her compelling second novel (following A GOLDEN AGE), rising young Bangladeshi writer Tahmima Anam goes deep within the heart of a family torn between practical religion and ritualistic isolation by a brother and sister’s differing views on how best to live by the teachings of Islam.