Penguin presents the extraordinary “The Bones of Grace” by Tahmima Anam


“Anam’s fluent prose and sharp insights are at their best when the narrative strays . . . into the surreal ways in which faith and love work – and sometimes fail”

“A novel of heart, brain, and muscle – the competing pulls of history and love are evoked here with a rare honesty, and great skill”

The final part of the award-winning Bengal trilogy.

Tahmima Anam’s ‘The Bones of Grace’ is a poignant and heart-rending story of love, loss and longing.

Penguin presents
the extraordinary

The Bones of Grace
Tahmima Anam


About the Book:
On the eve of her departure to find the bones of the walking whale—the fossil that provides a missing link in our evolution—Zubaida Haque falls in love with Elijah Strong, a man she meets in a darkened concert hall in Boston. Their connection is immediate and intense, despite their differences: Elijah belongs to a prototypical American family; Zubaida is the adopted daughter of a wealthy Bangladeshi family in Dhaka. When a twist of fate sends her back to her home town, the inevitable force of society compels her to take a very different path: she marries her childhood best friend and settles into a traditional Bangladeshi life.

In a bid to escape familial constraints, she moves to Chittagong to help make a documentary film about the infamous shipbreaking beaches, where ships are destroyed and their parts put up for sale. Here she meets Anwar, a shipbreaker whose story holds a key that unlocks for Zubaida not only the mysteries of her past, but also the possibilities of a new life. In the shadow of a ship being torn down to its bones, Zubaida will make a choice from which she can never turn back.

About the Author:
Tahmima Anam is an anthropologist and novelist. Her debut novel, A Golden Age, won the 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. In 2013, she was named one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists. She is a Contributing Opinion Writer for the New York Times and a judge for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she was educated at Mount Holyoke College and Harvard University, and now lives in Hackney, East London.

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