Focuses on the later lives of two wartime friends— Bangladeshi Samad Iqbal and Englishman Archie Jones, and their families.
London in the 1970's, cultures start to mix and cross with different experiences. Archie is contemplating suicide until he meets Clara, who is fleeing an oppressive Jehovah's Witness mother. Meanwhile Samad has arrived in England to meet with his old war-time friend Archie and to complete his arranged marriage. The two couples have different experiences of multi-cultural Britain which differs from their children, as the story follows the two generations across the years.
Excellent, I loved this story, funny, poignant, brilliant characters, a thoroughly good read.