9 August, 1945, Nagasaki: Hiroko Tanaka, twenty-one and in love with Konrad Weiss, the man she is about to marry, steps out onto her veranda, minutes before a nuclear explosion shatters her world. Travelling to Delhi two years later, she meets Konrad’s half-sister, Elizabeth, her husband James Burton, and their employee Sajjad Ashraf. An epic narrative of disasters evaded and confronted loyalties offered and repaid, and loves rewarded and betrayed. About the Author Kamila Shamsie was born in 1973 in Pakistan. She is the author of four previous novels: In the City by the Sea, Kartography (both shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), Salt and Saffron and Broken Verses.