January 21, 2022

China Room Review

China Room Review

Title: China Room
Author: Sunjeev Sahota
Style:  Historical Fiction
Rating: 4/5

It's the late 1920's and Mehar is trying to figure out who her husband is after a single ceremony in which three brothers and three women were married. She believes she's pieced together which of the three brothers is her husband but a series of events will put more than her own life at risk.  The story also visits a young man in 1999 who is trying to beat an addiction that started two years ago. While he's going through his withdrawal, he lives in his ancestors home as he pieces his life back together.

Heartbreaking, thought provoking, and beautiful are words that I would use to describe this book. I loved the style of writing in this novel. The way it was written is different from what I am used to but I still found it to be breathtaking. I devoured this one in (almost) one sitting.  I feel like this may have been a bit more plot driven than character (which normally I am more character driven). The ending leaves more questions than answers but in this story it works.  I found myself wishing there was an author's note and I wonder if other published copies have one (my version is BOTM).  I realize I am being pretty vague but if I dig too much into this review I fear I may spoil it.  I loved this beautifully written masterpiece and will be seeking other novels by this author.