Suzi Feay

A Heady Brew

In the Kitchen


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Monica Ali’s third novel is described by her publishers as a follow-up to Brick Lane, which is a puzzle in that it is quite different in tone, setting and scope. Thankfully, there is no sign of Nazneen, one of the most low-energy heroines of recent years. After her second novel, Portugal-set Alentejo Blue, In the Kitchen shows Ali returning to the tensions, problems and promises of multicultural Britain. 

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