Quebec Writers' Federation Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, 2013, Winner, Bone and Bread.
…emotionally complex and nuanced…
- Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
Saleema Nawaz returns with a big and beautiful novel... a first novel that rewards the reader's emotional involvement with a quietly tragic examination of the numerous solitudes in the life of one family.
- Quill & Quire
Saleema Nawaz’s debut novel Bone and Bread sets poetic prose against the complex mythology of a small family... Nawaz’s wellcrafted narrative and vivid descriptions immerse the reader in Beena and Sadhana’s world.
Bone and Bread... is an emotionally complex, riveting story. [It] is a poignant read, but it captivates because it brims with humanity. Nawaz hustles the reader along with vivid writing, scintillating characters, and the alluring element of mystery.
- Toronto Star
Nawaz invites her reader into an intimate and devastating history, and holds you right until the end.
- National Post
Bone & Bread engages. Nawaz... is successful at building nuanced characters and reflecting the uneasy and untidy nature of family relationships.
- Winnipeg Free Press
Nawaz draws the core relationships with immaculately rendered delicacy; she gives the narrative time and space to unfold and evolve in a way that carries uncanny emotional punch.
- Montreal Gazette
Bone and Bread is ambitious... Nawaz successfully portrays a strong yet tumultuous bond between the two sisters.
- Globe and Mail