Half Life

Title: Half Life
Author: Roopa Farooki
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, New York
May 2010
260 pages
She realizes that running away really is the easy part; it is coming home that is hard.
I found this book with its lovely cover at Big Bad Wolf  (BBW) Books Sale with only IDR 45,000. So far I have finished four books from BBW Books Sale and I must say that all of them are worth-reading.

This beautiful story written down by Roopa Farooki. Telling about the central protagonist, Aruna Ahmed Jones, raised in Singapore but of Bengali descent. She lives in a stylish  London apartment with his devoted and dependable husband, Dr. Patrick Jones. 

One day Aruna left all. She's shaking and barely dressed, headed to the airport and back to Singapore. She suddenly had the urgent desire to make peace with what she left behind. It's time to stop fighting and go home. This statement haunts her.

The story sets in London, Singapore and Malaysia. During Aruna's visit, she finally meets up with her failed romance, Jazz. In fact she left Little India's Singapore to escape her father's death, drug addiction, miscarriages and a psychological determination that she is bipolar.

Enjoyable read. Fresh and interesting. I though the writing style will be similar to Jhumpa Lahiri or Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni but it turns out that Roopa Farooki has her own style and it's excellent. 

Find more on Roopa Farooki at her website here.