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A Canada Reads Finalist: Bone & Bread by Saleema Nawaz

LISTEN TO MY INTERVIEW WITH CBC FRESH AIR'S MARY ITO AT THE CANADA READS 2016 AS I SPEAK ABOUT BONE & BREAD 

Two sisters, born on the exact same day, two years apart. It is often said that "history doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme" so does this coincidence of birthdays foreshadow a common bond between Beena and Sadhana? At first blush, they are anything but similar. 

The sisters grew up in a little neighbourhood of Montreal north of the mountain. The neighbourhood was quite diverse. Yiddish, Greek, Italian dialects could be heard in unison with English and French. With a Scottish mum and a Sikh dad, the girls had an unusual upbringing. But be advised before you are quick to jump the gun and attribute this to their unhappiness and strife.

The novel is rife with complexity, misery, and grief. Set in Montreal and Ottawa, it starts off with the sudden death of Sadhana. But that was not the start of the emotional roller coaster. That in fact, was already in session long before, when the girls papa passed away when Sadhana was only three. 

For years, Beena watched Sadhana disappear, little by little, into the boughs of anorexia. Then the attempts at suicide play out into family ties that are already too fragile. After the death of their mother, the girls are cared for by their strict Sikh uncle. As they try to make sense of their world and their differences, life happens. 

Inevitably, racial and political undertones add to the complexity of the tale, as Saleema Nawaz takes us into the depths of a devastating family history, where hope of survival is as unsteady as the unraveling of a ball of twine. 

Bone & Bread is a 2016 Canada Reads Finalist, and you'll have to tune in to the debates March 21-24th at cbcbooks.ca to see how Saleema Nawaz's book does against the four other contenders and how convincingly Farah Mohamed defends it. 

These are the 5 #CanadaReads finalists:

1. Bone & Bread by @pinkmeringue | Defended by @FarahMohamed007 | http://ow.ly/ZJs5j 

2. The Hero's Walk by @anita_badami | Defended by @Vinayvirmani24 | http://ow.ly/ZJrWv 
3. The Illegal by Lawrence Hill | Defended by @ClaraHughes_ | http://ow.ly/ZJrwc 
4.Minister Without Portfolio by @MichaelWinter34 | Defended by @EdgeRatedR | http://ow.ly/ZJrFB


5. Birdie by @TraceyLindberg | Defended by @brucepoontip | http://ow.ly/ZJwtS


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Bone & Bread is published by House Of Anansi. 

Blog post by @ShilpaRaikar (Creative and Social Media strategist, decor enthusiast and book lover, who also writes for a branding blog: thinkblink.ca/blog, as well as a lifestyle blog: sukasastyle.com T: @SukasaStyle) 







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