A Golden Age: A Novel (P.S.)

A Golden Age: A Novel (P.S.) - Tahmima Anam Tahmima Anam's slow starting biographical and historical novel, the first of three, finds it voice quite suddenly, and in the same manner as does its characters: with the outbreak of war in East Pakistan, 1971. Occurring a few long chapters in, the war that leads to the eventual birth of Bangladesh also leads to the startling growth of Rehana Haque, a mother whose characterization avoids the ready but dangerous stereotypes of war-torn families, grieving widows, and over-reaching maternalism. Instead Anam charts the rough ground of an independence and an identity subsumed but never sacrificed, both personal and ultimately political. A Golden Age is well worth the patience its first few chapters demand.