At the tender age of seventeen, Nazneenís life is turned upside down. After an arranged marriage to an older man, she exchanges her Bangladeshi village home for a block of flats in Londonís East End. In this new world, pining for her home and her sister, she struggles to make sense of her existence Ė and to do her duty to her husband. A man of inflated ideas (and stomach), he sorely tests her compliance.
But Nazneen submits, as she must, to Fate and devotes her life to raising her family and slapping down her demons of discontent. Until the day that Karim, a hot-headed local man, bursts into her life.
Against a background of escalating racial tension, they embark on an affair that finally forces Nazneen to take control of her life. Set in multicultural Britain, Brick Lane is a truly contemporary story of love, cultural difference, and ultimately, the strength of the human spirit.