The Bones of GraceBook - 2016
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Tahmima Adam's writing beautifully captures complex and layered feelings of love, despair, loneliness, hope, and more.
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Zubaida is a Bangladeshi woman, adopted by kind and affluent parents in infancy. She is a paleontologist, now in Boston, studying an extinct kind of whale that had hoofs and walked. She fell in love with Elijah Strong, but cannot allow herself to love him because she is expected to marry Rashid, her childhood friend. Also, she cannot make peace with the emptiness in her heart that comes from not knowing anything about her birth parents. She returns to Bangladesh, gets married, is thwarted in her archeological dig, begins interviewing impoverished young workers at a shipyard whose job is to dismantle retired ships. All along, she is still in love with Elijah. The story ends with her having left Rashid, found out the sad story of who her mother was, and back in Boston preparing an exhibit of the whale fossil which she finally got through the intervention of a friend's influential father; she hopes that Elijah will see an announcement of the exhibit and come to her so they can live happily ever I after. I hope he does, too. I really enjoyed this book even though it got a tad tedious in places.
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