Under the Tamarind Tree

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Pub Date 15 Aug 2023 | Archive Date 15 Aug 2023
PENGUIN GROUP Putnam, G.P. Putnam's Sons

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A compellingly heartbreaking debut novel about the echoes of Partition and four friends whose dark secrets lead to a life-changing night that comes back to haunt them decades later.

One night. Four friends. Countless secrets.

1964. Karachi, Pakistan. Rozeena is running out of time. She'll lose her home—her parents' safe haven since fleeing India and the terrors of Partition—if her medical career doesn't take off soon. But success may come with an unexpected price. Meanwhile the interwoven lives of her childhood best friends—Haaris, Aalya, and Zohair—seem to be unraveling with each passing day. The once small and inconsequential differences between their families' social standing now threaten to divide them. Then one fateful night someone ends up dead and the life they once took for granted shatters.

2019. Rozeena receives a call from a voice she never thought she’d hear again. What begins as an ask to look after a friend’s teenaged granddaughter struggling with her own demons grows into an unconventional friendship—one that unearths buried secrets and just might ruin everything Rozeena has worked so hard to protect. 

Captivating and atmospheric, Under the Tamarind Tree shows us the high-stakes ripple effects of generational trauma, and the lengths people will go to protect the ones they love.
A compellingly heartbreaking debut novel about the echoes of Partition and four friends whose dark secrets lead to a life-changing night that comes back to haunt them decades later.

One night. Four...

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Captivating family and friends drama set in beautiful Karachi set on the Arabian Sea. Gorgeously written with interwoven stories from the past and present. Lushly filled with friendship and love, betrayal and deception, and decades-old secrets and passions. A engaging saga worth reading.

Thanks to NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP Putnam for the opportunity to read this excellent ARC.

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Set against the background of the Partition with the interwoven complexities of restarting a life in a new country with new neighbors who carry their own secrets, this book will captivate readers and make you want more of Rozeena, Haaris, Aalya, and Zohair as they navigate their love and dreams for each other.

In her retirement, Rozeena is asked to look over her old friend Haaris’s granddaughter from the States who is visiting India with her parents.

Zara brings renewed connection between Haaris and Rozeena as Rozeena remembers what caused their physical and emotional distance decades ago.

In the flashbacks the reader spends about two weeks with Rozeena and her friends before learning about the devastating party that caused an insurmountable rift between them. The fallout leaves the four friends with drastically different lives than any of them hoped for.

This dual-timeline story showcases the author’s ability to convince the reader to never put down this beautiful story.

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