There are only two tragedies in life. One is not getting your heart's desire - and the other? Getting it. Fourteen-year-old Lucky Khalil is passionate about three things: football, Star Wars and Portia, the girl who works in his grandfather's corner shop. In that order. While Lucky pursues his girl and his dreams of one day scoring for England, his mother Delphine, the woman who seems to have everything, fantasizes about rediscovering the freedom of her youth. But rekindling a relationship with her father-in-law Zaki is only going to end in disaster ...And, as they move closer to their dreams, do they risk losing sight of what's really important? Praise for "Bitter Sweets" - 'A charming read, hugely enjoyable, brilliantly plotted ...wears its multiculturalism lightly' - Jackie Kay, Chair of the Orange Award for New Writers, 2007. 'Witty, thought-provoking, sad and uplifting' - "Sunday Telegraph".
"Aspirations and family ties play out across three generations of the Khalil family in Farooki's fine new novel (after "Bitter Sweets").... [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 looking for quainter fare." "--Publishers Weekly""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" "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"
Roopa Farooki was born in Lahore in Pakistan, and brought up in London. She graduated from New College, Oxford in 1995 and worked in advertising before turning to write fiction. Roopa now lives in South West France with her husband and sons. Bitter Sweets, her first novel, was shortlisted for the Orange New Writers Award 2007.