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In the north of England, a group of young Indian immigrants struggle to begin something new—to support their families; to build their futures; to show their worth; to escape their pasts. An epic for our times, The Year of the Runaways is a stunning work of fiction that explores what it means and what it costs to make a new life, the capaciousness of the human spirit, and the power of humanity in the face of unspeakable suffering.
About the Author
Sunjeev Sahota was born in 1981 in Derbyshire and lives in Sheffield with his wife and children.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
A Washington Post and Boston Globe Best Book of the Year
“Deeply affecting. . . . No recent novel does a more powerful job of capturing the day-to-day lives of . . . immigrants.” —The New York Times
“Masterful. . . . Not only a timely book, but a gut-wrenching, emotionally honest one, as well.” —NPR
“A major achievement. . . . Sahota is a clear-eyed, unflinching storyteller.” —The New Yorker
“The Grapes of Wrath for the 21st century. . . . Sahota has captured the plight of millions of desperate people struggling to find work, to eke out some semblance of a decent life in a world increasingly closed-fisted and mean.” —The Washington Post
“[A] sprawling, stunning novel.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Sahota’s superb novel helps to make the reality of migrants a little less unimaginable and a little more human.” —The Wall Street Journal