Best of Friends – Kamila Shamsie


A dazzling new novel of friendship, identity and the unknowability of other people—from the international bestselling author of Home Fire, winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction

Sometimes it was as though the forty years of friendship between them was just a lesson in the unknowability of other people…

Maryam and Zahra.

In 1988 Karachi, two fourteen-year-old girls are a decade into their friendship, sharing in-jokes, secrets and a love for George Michael. As Pakistan’s dictatorship falls and a woman comes to power, the world suddenly seems full of possibilities. Elated by the change in the air, they make a snap decision at a party. That night, everything goes wrong, and the two girls are powerless to change the outcome.

Zahra and Maryam.

In present-day London, two influential women remain bound together by loyalties, disloyalties, and the memory of that night, which echoes through the present in unexpected ways. Now both have power; and both have very different ideas of how to wield it… Their friendship has always felt unbreakable; can it be undone by one decision?

1 review for Best of Friends - Kamila Shamsie

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    Review from Book Club Meeting:
    This is a book of two halves, the first part is set is Karachi in 1988 and the second part is 30 years later in London. Most of us enjoyed some aspects of the characters and story, especially the interesting, unfamiliar setting of Pakistan.
    However we all agreed that the jump of 30 years left too many unanswered questions about the two main characters lives. Such a gap meant that their influential, high powered careers were unbelievable. Some members enjoyed reflecting on their own childhood friendships whilst reading the book.
    It was agreed that the book ended abruptly. We gave the book 2.5 out of 5 ⭐️⭐️

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