A quirky, funny, deeply intelligent story of love, big dreams, starting up and feminist geekdom, called ‘radiant’ by Monica Ali, ‘brilliant’ by Emma Gannon, ‘beautifully written’ by Mail on Sunday
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‘Poignant as well as savagely witty’ Observer
‘Stylish and funny’ Sunday Times
‘Hits every note perfectly’ Kamila Shamsie
A life-changing app.
The woman who created it.
And the man who took the credit.
When Asha starts work on a revolutionary app together with her new husband Cyrus, she’s thrilled. But while she creates an ingenious algorithm, Cyrus’ charismatic appeal throws him into the spotlight. What happens when the app explodes into the next big thing?
Gripping, witty and razor-sharp, The Startup Wife is a blistering novel about big ambitions, speaking out and standing up for what you believe in.
“Pulses with up-to-the-minute topicality … as high-octane entertainment that hits notes poignant as well as savagely witty, it soars”
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“Fresh, funny, brave, savage, smart – Tahmima Anam hits every note perfectly in this novel about our new reality and the age-old problems of men and women that no app can fix”
“Impossibly timely and bewilderingly smart”
“A funny, poignant, and piercingly satirical take on startup culture”
“Excellent on the intricacies of sexism and racism (Asha is Bengali) and how migrant experiences differ … Anam’s writing is stylish and funny … and she guides the reader deftly towards a satisfying conclusion”
Tahmima Anam’s first novel, A Golden Age, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and went on to be translated into 27 languages. It was followed by The Good Muslim and The Bones of Grace. She is the recipient of an O. Henry Award and has been named one of Granta’s best young British novelists. She was a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and was recently elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she attended Mount Holyoke College and Harvard University and now lives in London, where she is on the board of ROLI, a music tech company founded by her husband.
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