2017, as a literary year, gave us many reasons to celebrate. For fiction, in general, it has been a great year, but for homegrown fiction in particular, it has been an exceptional one.
Home Fire :is the seventh novel by Kamilia Shamsi, It has been longlisted for the Booker Prize۔ It is a contemporary reimagining of the Greek tragedy Antigone. The novel received widely favorable reviews. Home Fire pulls off a fine balancing act: it is a powerful exploration of the clash between society, family and faith in the modern world, while tipping its hat to the same dilemma in the ancient one.
Exit West is a novel published in 2017, written by Mohsin Hmaeed . It is Hamid’s fourth novel. The main themes of the novel are emigration and refugee problems .Novel been called as “a masterpiece of humanity and restraint”. Time magazine also selected it as one of Time’s top ten novels of 2017. The Guardian defined it as a “magical vision of the refugee crisis”. The book was also selected for the 2017 Booker Prize longlist among twelve others, and on 13 September 2017 was announced as one of the six-strong shortlist.
The Golden Legend: Aslam’s first novel since his debut Season of the Rainbirds (1993) to be set solely in Pakistan, is a tense and topical story of persecution and resilience, one that compellingly portrays a country in chaos and individual lives clinging together in freefall. Wise and affecting, this is a timely and necessary novel that artfully underscores the dangers of division and the sanctity of hope.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness :is the second novel by Indian writer Arundhati Roy, published in 2017, twenty years after her debut, THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS
The novel deals with some of the darkest and most violent episodes of modern Indian history, from land reform that disowned poor farmers to the 2002 Godhra Train Burning and Kashmir Insurgency
Autumn: is a novel by Scottish author Ali Smith, It is projected to be the first of four seasonal ‘state of the nation’ works ., it was widely regarded as the first ‘post-Brexit novel’ dealing with the issues raised by the voters’ decision. Ali Smith’s Autumn is a brilliantly inventive novel about the uncanny friendship between an old man and a young woman in times of heating political climate. In July 2017, Autumn was longlisted for the 2017Man Booker Prize and in September 2017 it was announced as one of six books to make the shortlist
Days Without End :is the seventh novel by Sebastian Berry and is set during the Indian Wars and American Civil War The novel was awarded the Costa Book Award 2016. It won the 2017 Walter Prize and was selected by Time magazine as one of its top ten novels of 2017
The Story Of A Breif Marriage : The Sri Lankan writer, Anuk Arudpragasm. It’s a book about a single day in the life of a man who, during the Sri Lankan civil war, has lost everything that he knew as a vital part of his life. But there is no end to the extent of suffering that the human heart is capable of bearing and it is the centre of the human heart that Arudpragasm penetrates to find the humanity that’s there