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Title: This Green and Pleasant Land
Authors: Malik, Ayisha
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 450
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: For years Bilal Hasham and his wife Mariam have lived contented, quiet lives in the sleepy rural village of Babbel's End. Now all that is about to change. On her deathbed, Bilal's mother reaches for his hand. Instead of whispering her final prayers, she gives him a task: build a mosque in his country village.

Mariam is horrified by Bilal's plan. His friends and neighbours are unnerved. As outrage sweeps Babbel's End, battle lines are drawn. His mother's dying wish reveals deeper divisions in their village than Bilal had ever imagined.

Soon Bilal is forced to choose between community and identity, between faith and friendship, between honouring his beloved mother's last wish and preserving what is held dear in the place that he calls home.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Conversations written here credibly reflect antagonisms, doubts, resistance etc but do so with an overall effect of warmth and humanity, rather than hate."

"Several characters are sufficiently well-described to engage the reader in their individual stores, maintaining interest till the end."

"I loved this book - I could imagine the village, the people and their feelings and behaviours so easily."

"The characterisation is wonderful - perceptive and thoughtful."

"There are some very moving passages and sad moments, but also a great deal of irony and humour."

"Sympathetic insight into the discomfort that must be felt by all immigrants when they try to fit into the culture of a new country."

"It is a dry look at tolerance/intolerance, quite comical in places."
Categories: Fiction, Community, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Grief/loss, Humour, Relationships, Religion, Uplifting, England, 2021 Titles - Coming Soon

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