"Lovers of literary fiction will not want to miss this vibrant, moving novel from the gifted Farooki."—BooklistPraise for Roopa Farooki:“[An] enjoyably breezy book . . . Despite its emphasis on deception, dislocation and the loss of love, [Bitter Sweets] retains a cheery consistency: It has managed to be sunnily devious from the start. And it delivers a refreshing message. Only by means of all their elaborate deceptions do these characters figure out who they really are.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times“Fast-paced and populated with characters as colorful as a closetful of saris, Farooki’s debut follows three generations of an Indian family . . . While there are enough surprise plot twists to keep the tale entertaining, it’s the characters’ emotional musings that make it memorable.”—People on Bitter Sweets“This sparkling, fresh debut follows three generations of a family caught up in the web of their own deceit . . . Farooki’s vibrant characters leap off the page and straight into the imagination in this clever and intricate novel.”—Booklist (starred review) on Bitter Sweets“Aspirations and family ties play out across three generations of the Khalil family in Farooki's fine new novel . . . [A] flawed yet likable cast . . . question what, exactly, leads to a more fulfilled life. This character- and culture-rich novel will appeal to Jhumpa Lahiri and Zadie Smith fans.”—Publishers Weekly on Corner Shop“Farooki's characters are convincingly complex . . . While her first novel, Bitter Sweets, was called 'enjoyably breezy' (New York Times), this work has a depth to it that requires more substantial adjectives. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal on Corner Shop“A complex exploration of the ever-changing nature of wants and desires and the consequences of achieving one’s dreams, Farooki’s tale eschews easy answers for the complex, appealing characters that people its pages.”—Booklist on Corner Shop
Roopa Farooki was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and brought up in London. She graduated from New College, Oxford in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and worked in advertising before writing fiction full time. Roopa now lives in Southeast England and Southwest France with her husband and two young sons.