What’s That Book? The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota

Whats That Book
The Year of the Runaways

TitleThe Year of the Runaways

Author:   Sunjeev Sahota

Genre:   Contemporary Fiction

Rating:  ****

What’s it about?  The book focuses on the stories of three very different young men who emigrated from India to England in search of better lives and end up living together for a time in Northern England. The book explores their daily lives in India, including their various reasons for leaving, and their daily lives in England, where they endure hardships but some acts of kindness as well, including their interactions with others in the immigrant community.

How did you hear about it?  I read a review of the book in the New York Times and it sounded interesting.

Closing comment: In this time of what seems to be worldwide anti-immigrant sentiment this book shows immigrants as individuals who, despite serious setbacks, persist in their quest for a better life.

Contributor:  Fran Lippa


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