Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
August 22, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Brick Lane

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
102 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/20/08
performer
Tannishtha Chatterjee, Christopher Simpson, Satish Kaushik
director
Sarah Gavron
author
Laura Jones
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

Nazneen, a quiet Bangladeshi girl who believes that one should never rail against fate, finds herself married off to a boorish blowhard in London. There, she gives birth to three children, tends to the house as is expected of a village bride, and grows attached, against all odds, to her husband. In other words, nothing very dramatic occurs, which is the magic of this book: There is space for Nazneen’s (and the author’s) poignant ruminations on what it is to have a sense of place and what it means to belong. In a first novel of surprising sophistication and assurance, Ali treats potentially heavy-handed themes with both grace and thoughtfulness.

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