Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Reviewed by Michael Gorra
Well, Ali had already been labeled “the next Zadie Smith.”
LEAST-FAVORABLE PART OF THE REVIEW
At the end, “the book finally slips into soft focus”—but Gorra notes that Dickens made the same rookie mistake in Oliver Twist.
1 million worldwide.
The movie wrapped (though marred by protests from South Asian Brits). But second book, Alentejo Blue, had mixed reception, paltry sales.