You know you are dealing with an acclaimed book when the critical
praise blurbs run to four pages at the beginning of the novel.
Monica Ali's BRICK LANE made it to no fewer than ten "Best of 2003"
lists, including a nod from the editors of the New York
Times Book Review. It won the 2003 Discover Award for Fiction
and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. All of which makes it
slightly intimidating to review. What if the emperor has no
Luckily for me and the rest of the book buying public, the emperor
is not only wearing clothes, it's an all-Prada outfit, complete
with a pair o