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The Year of the Runaways
by Sunjeev Sahota


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781101911884
  • ISBN-10: 1101911883
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Publish Date: February 2017
  • Page Count: 512
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds


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