**Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021**’Sahota combines great writing with amazing storytelling…
Incredibly immersive, gripping and very moving’ BBC Radio Four, Open Book’China Room is a rare novel that makes you pause in its beauty’ Daily TelegraphMehar, a young bride in rural 1929 Punjab, is trying to discover the identity of her new husband.
She and her sisters-in-law, married to three brothers in a single ceremony, spend their days at work in the family’s china room, sequestered from contact with the men.
When Mehar develops a theory as to which of them is hers, a passion is ignited that will put more than one life at risk.
Spiralling around Mehar’s story is that of a young man who in 1999 travels from England to the now-deserted farm, its china room locked and barred.
In enforced flight from the traumas of his adolescence – his experiences of addiction, racism, and estrangement from the culture of his birth – he spends a summer in painful contemplation and recovery, finally gathering the strength to return home. ‘The stuff of miracles’ — Bryan Washington, author of Memorial’A gorgeous, gripping read’– Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire’An extraordinarily gifted writer’– New Yorker