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The Association of Small Bombs
     

The Association of Small Bombs

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by Karan Mahajan
 

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Winner of the American Academy of Arts & Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award

One of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists
Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award
National Book Award Finalist
NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award Finalist
One of the New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of the Year
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Winner of the American Academy of Arts & Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award

One of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists
Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award
National Book Award Finalist
NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award Finalist
One of the New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of the Year
A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book of 2016
Named a Best Book of 2016 by: Buzzfeed, Esquire, New York magazine, The Huffington Post, The GuardianThe AV Club, The FaderRedbookElectric Literature, Book Riot, Bustle, Good magazinePureWow, and PopSugar
Longlisted for the FT/Oppenheimer Emerging Voices Award

“Wonderful. . . . Smart, devastating, unpredictable, and enviably adept in its handling of tragedy and its fallout. If you enjoy novels that happily disrupt traditional narratives—about grief, death, violence, politics—I suggest you go out and buy this one. Post haste.” —Fiona MaazelThe New York Times Book Review

“Brilliant. . . . Mr. Mahajan’s writing is acrid and bracing, tightly packed with dissonant imagery. . . . The Association of Small Bombs is not the first novel about the aftermath of a terrorist attack, but it is the finest I’ve read at capturing the seduction and force of the murderous, annihilating illogic that increasingly consumes the globe.” Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

“[Mahajan’s] eagerness to go at the bomb from every angle suggests a voracious approach to fiction-making, a daring imaginative promiscuity that moves beyond the scope of his first, very good novel, Family Planning.” The New Yorker

“[A] beautifully written novel. . . . Ambitious. . . . Carries us deep into the human side of a tragedy.” The Washington Post

For readers of Mohsin Hamid, Dave Eggers, Arundhati Roy, and Teju Cole, The Association of Small Bombs is an expansive and deeply humane novel that is at once groundbreaking in its empathy, dazzling in its acuity, and ambitious in scope

When brothers Tushar and Nakul Khurana, two Delhi schoolboys, pick up their family’s television set at a repair shop with their friend Mansoor Ahmed one day in 1996, disaster strikes without warning. A bomb—one of the many “small” bombs that go off seemingly unheralded across the world—detonates in the Delhi marketplace, instantly claiming the lives of the Khurana boys, to the devastation of their parents. Mansoor survives, bearing the physical and psychological effects of the bomb. After a brief stint at university in America, Mansoor returns to Delhi, where his life becomes entangled with the mysterious and charismatic Ayub, a fearless young activist whose own allegiances and beliefs are more malleable than Mansoor could imagine. Woven among the story of the Khuranas and the Ahmeds is the gripping tale of Shockie, a Kashmiri bomb maker who has forsaken his own life for the independence of his homeland.
 
Karan Mahajan writes brilliantly about the effects of terrorism on victims and perpetrators, proving himself to be one of the most provocative and dynamic novelists of his generation.

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National Book Award Finalist

“Wonderful. . . . Smart, devastating, unpredictable, and enviably adept in its handling of tragedy and its fallout. If you enjoy novels that happily disrupt traditional narratives—about grief, death, violence, politics—I suggest you go out and buy this one. Post haste.”
—Fiona Maazel, The New York Times Book Review

“Brilliant. . . . Mr. Mahajan’s writing is acrid and bracing, tightly packed with dissonant imagery. . . . The Association of Small Bombs is not the first novel about the aftermath of a terrorist attack, but it is the finest I’ve read at capturing the seduction and force of the murderous, annihilating illogic that increasingly consumes the globe.”
—Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

“[Mahajan’s] eagerness to go at the bomb from every angle suggests a voracious approach to fiction-making, a daring imaginative promiscuity that moves beyond the scope of his first, very good novel, Family Planning. . . . Tragedy deepens Mahajan’s range. In the first few pages of his new novel, he renders the spectacle of the bombing with a languid, balletic beauty, pitting the unhurried composure of his prose against the violence of the events it describes. . . . Mahajan has a cinematic attunement to the spectacle of disaster, and he often focuses on the minor rather than the grandiose, to eerie effect.”
—Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker

“A deeply moving exploration of terrorism that destroys the tropes of the subcontinental novel. . . . In flitting between the perspectives of terrorists and victims, parents and children, Hindus and Muslims, Mahajan has committed to a radical and extended act of empathy. . . . Where other authors concede the clash between the West’s physicality and the East’s spiritualism, Mahajan deftly shows how fundamentally reliant each is on the other, and, consequently, how silly the binary truly is.”
—Sharan Shetty,The Slate Book Review

“A singularly intelligent novel.”
—Parul Sehgal, The New York Times Book Review

“[A] beautifully written novel. . . . Ambitious. . . . Carries us deep into the human side of a tragedy. . . .”
—The Washington Post

“When two brothers are killed in an explosion in Delhi, it forever changes the lives of the boy who was with them, the parents who mourn them and the man who made the bomb.”
—Time, “A Best Book of 2016 So Far”

“A complex meditation on violence, fundamentalism and grief. . . . A superb novel. . . . A careful, discriminate and moral work of art.”
—Luke Brown, Financial Times

“A mind-blowing book on many, many levels. The characterisation is extraordinary. . . . A very extraordinary book.”
—BBC Radio 4, Saturday Review

“Even when handling the darkest material or picking through confounding emotional complexities, Mahajan maintains a light touch and a clarity of vision. . . . He is particularly adept at capturing the quicksilver shifts of mood that accompany states of high emotion. . . . Mahajan shows immense perspicacity in his handling of Deepa, and of the other women in the novel. . . . Mahajan’s novel is as much a chronicle of the cascading effects of the opening of India’s economy and the global response to 9/11 as it is about a bomb explosion in a down-at-heel neighborhood market. . . . In the end the Lajpat Nagar bomb, like the plot of a novel, is at the beck and call of the writer who conjured it. Except that instead of dooming his characters all at once, Mahajan picks them off with abrupt indifference, like a lone shooter, one by one.”
—Deborah Baker, London Review of Books

“The pitfalls of the terror novel are crudity, fetishization of the terrorist’s mind, and over-attention to the obvious, but Mahajan’s book suffers from none of these. He’s proved that the job can be done with subtlety and an eye for the fine grains of daily life, and not without comedy or irony.”
—Christian Lorentzen, Vulture.com’s “Best Books of 2016 (So Far)”

“A tour de force of psychological probing and empathy.”
—The Austin-American Statesman

“Darkly incisive . . . timely. . . . In Mahajan’s riveting and intricate story, the aftershocks of small bombs are as inescapable as their explosions.”
—Vice

“Karan Mahajan’s The Association of Small Bombs urgently depicts the toll of terrorism on victims and perpetrators.”
—Vanity Fair

“Writing as brave as you will find it. . . . Cumulative, unnerving, and surprising.”
—Jonathan Sturgeon, Flavorwire

“Mahajan’s small touches—especially his insight into how people react to trauma and loss—are succinct and persuasive. . . . Mahajan has a lot on his mind in The Association of Small Bombs. . . . He’s a voice well worth heeding.”
—Michael Upchurch, The Chicago Tribune

“The architecture of the novel is brilliant in its literary exploration of the aftermath of small bombs. . . . Propulsive. . . . The dark humor keeps the novel lively rather than overdetermined. . . . Powerful, unsettling. . . . The Association of Small Bombs is a thing of loveliness—its structure and concept are a marvel.”
—The Los Angeles Review of Books

“A wise, searing, sculptural approach to the roots and aftermaths of terrorism and radicalization. . . . Mahajan has mastered a nonpareil 360-degree portrait of one of the most disturbing, least understood malaises of our time.”
—The Millions

“Nothing short of a tour de force. . . . Line for line, it is a wry and also a wrenching book, at once a lesson in Indian political culture and a lesson in centripetal force—for however far these characters travel psychologically, they are always tethered to the bomb.”
—Katherine Hill, The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Just like its beautifully designed cover, The Association of Small Bombs is simple in premise, but it explodes in bursts of brilliant color. Karan Mahajan’s masterful novel explores the aftermath of a small bomb detonation in the '90s in Delhi, and the many people whose lives it alters—from the families of victims to the bombers themselves. With great empathy and no lack of humor, Mahajan shows the multitudinous sides to the kind of story that we usually read a line or two about in a newspaper, or hear short mention of on television.”
—Maris Kreizman, Esquire’s “Best Books of 2016”

“A psychologically intimate and stylistically compelling examination of the ripple effects of small acts of terrorism. . . . In a post-9/11 world, this novel should be considered a must-read.”
—The Huffington Post
 
“A deeply compassionate exploration of the effects terrorism has on both the victims and the perpetrators. . . . Dark, devastating, and sharply wise, The Association of Small Bombs is a tale of loss, grief, guilt, and redemption.”
—Buzzfeed, “Most Exciting Books Coming in 2016”

“A sweeping, gripping narrative composed of multiple perspectives. . . . Mahajan astounds with his devastating study of violence. Not every writer can tap into the mindset of a bomber – Joseph Conrad triumphed in The Secret Agent whereas John Updike failed in Terrorist – but Mahajan pulls it off with chilling results.”
—Malcolm Forbes, The National

“Rarely have I read a novel more timely. . . . The all-encompassing blanket of tragedy brought on by a ‘small bomb’ makes this novel personal and poignant.”
—The Missourian

“A fast-paced examination of a minor terrorist act in mid-nineties New Delhi, told in a cinematic (better yet: televisionary) third person.”
—Oxford American

“Beautiful and evocative . . . a compelling story about extremism and its effects.”
—BookPage

“This one will hit you hard. . . . Powerful, breathtaking, and unforgettable, this book pulls out dynamic insight on the effects of terrorism on its victims.”
—Bustle

“Besides having one of the most instantly memorable titles for a novel in recent memory, Karan Mahajan’s new novel explores the life of a young man in the aftermath of a horrific event that takes the life of two of his friends. With a story that crosses continents and addresses questions of nationalism, terrorism, and the effects of violence, this novel seems ready to engage with some of our era’s looming issues.”
—Vol. 1 Brooklyn, “March 2016 Books Preview”

“Mahajan’s talent is in conveying the sense that the world is gray, not black-and-white, and he accomplishes this by weaving together the evolving motives and passions of his characters so intricately that in the end we see each as culpable, and human. In his searing story, lives (and life itself) are subjected to close inspection and at times discombobulation.”
—Publishers Weekly

“In the virtuosic opening of Mahajan’s timely second novel, he writes, ‘a good bombing begins everywhere at once.’ This setup works well for the broad array of story lines connected to a 1996 detonation of a small but potent bomb in a humble Delhi marketplace. . . . The anchoring characters are Mansoor and Shockie, a Kashmiri bomb maker who refers to his deadly art as ‘making chocolate,’ even as he worries about his victims and his ill mother. Mahajan’s terrorists and social activists are never content to settle into one venue or mindset.”
—Booklist

“[Mahajan is] strong at exploring the very long shockwaves of small-scale violence.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“With The Association of Small Bombs . . . [Mahajan] may well have moved into the upper reaches of contemporary fiction.”
—Flavorwire, Most Anticipated Books of 2016

“In this fine novel, Karan Mahajan has achieved a brilliant and distinctive success. The sources, and unbearable, unending, consequences of a terrorist atrocity constitute a subject extremely difficult to capture in a work of serious literature. But with his intelligence, humanity, and art, Mahajan has given us a deep portrait of life in a kind of darkness.”
—Norman Rush, National Book Award-winning author of Mating and Mortals

“Karan Mahajan is a writer with great command and acute and original insights. He offers what few can: a stereoscopic view of reality in dark, contemporary times.”
—Rachel Kushner, author of the National Book Award Finalist The Flamethrowers

“Like a Russian novel set in India, Karan Mahajan’s Association of Small Bombs has the sweep, wisdom and sensibility of the old masters. Here the humor of Bulgakov and the heart of Pasternak deliver an exploded-view of a small bomb that goes off in a minor market in a corner of South Delhi. Like shrapnel, themes of suffering, dislocation and redemption radiate from the blast, and none will be spared Mahajan’s piercing gaze. Urgent and masterful, this novel shows us how bystander, bomber, victim, and survivor will forever share a patch of scorched ground.”
—Adam Johnson, author of the National Book Award winner Fortune Smiles and the Pulitzer Prize winner The Orphan Master’s Son

“The Association of Small Bombs is a wondrous, devastating novel—packed with small wonders of beauty and heartbreak that are impossible to resist.”
—Dinaw Mengestu, MacArthur “Genius” grantee and author of All Our Names

“The Association of Small Bombs is a brilliant examination of aftermath, how life is built of consequences, both imagined and unimagined, the tight web of human life and human sympathy. Karan Mahajan knows everyone, on every side of a detonation: the lost, the grieving, the innocent, the guilty, the damaged. It’s hilarious and also devastating. Karan Mahajan is a virtuoso writer, and this is a wonderful book.”
—Elizabeth McCracken, Story Prize-winning author of Thunderstruck & Other Stories

“A gripping, timely, and moving novel by a writer of enormous talent.”
—Geoff Dyer, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Otherwise Known as the Human Condition

“Packed with insight into the minds of a diverse cast of characters, The Association of Small Bombs is often breathtaking in its wisdom and maturity. With one sharp observation after another, Mahajan renders a picture of religious and political tension in Delhi that is as unforgettable as it is heartbreaking.”
—Adelle Waldman, author of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

“Karan Mahajan’s thoughtful, touching and perfectly pitched account of two marketplace bombings and the casual havoc they cause in a handful of Delhi families is almost subversive in its even-handedness and its charity. For all its unflinching—and unnerving—fatalism, The Association of Small Bombs is an unusually wise, tender, and generous novel.”
—Jim Crace, author of the Booker Prize finalist Harvest

“The Association of Small Bombs is an utterly brilliant book. Rarely does one encounter a work as masterful in the precision of its writing or as penetrating in the insights it provides. Karan Mahajan is a writer to be admired.”
—Kevin Powers, author of the National Book Award Finalist The Yellow Birds

“Karan Mahajan is daring comfortable readers to make an uncomfortable connection: between the bomb that goes off on the first page of his book, and the way the pages that follow seem to scatter, in bright-hot shards of heartbreaking story. The Association of Small Bombs, which tracks the aftermath of a blast in Delhi in 1996, is a work of disabused intelligence, and staggering compassion—for the victims, and even for the terrorists, all of whom are rendered whole, even if they’re in pieces. Its political subtlety is laudable for how relentlessly it’s paced, and the grace of its prose acts like a balm to its trauma. Mahajan’s sense of fiction as the history behind history puts him in league with Joseph Conrad, and like Conrad he succeeds brilliantly at writing past Empire, by relating the newest of news-cycles to the oldest of tale-cycles.”
—Joshua Cohen, author of Book of Numbers

Praise for Family Planning
 
“Profound . . . Mahajan is only 24 years old, but he has already developed an irresistible voice with a rich sense of humor fueled by sorrow.”
—Ron Charles, The Washington Post Book World
 
“The truest portrait of modern New Delhi I’ve read.”
—Suketu Mehta, author of Maximum City

“Family Planning is one of the best and funniest first novels I’ve read in years.”
—Jay McInerney, The Daily Beast
 
“Brave, breakneck, and amusing . . . A fearless cultural domestic tour . . . Irreverent, fresh, and sometimes, given its author’s youth, preternaturally wise . . . Almost every page bears a passage worth quoting.”
—The San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Mahajan packs this hyperbolic blast of a novel with scathing reflections . . . . The rhythms of [New Delhi’s] English, the tangle of its bureaucracies, the sights, sounds and smells of its streets—all spring to hectic life.”
—Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times
 
“Highly entertaining . . . The level of concision, insight, and humor on display in Family Planning is rare from any writer, but particularly one so young.”
—Maud Newton, NPR Books We Like
 
“[A book] I’d love to ‘gift’ . . . is the coming-of-age comedy Family Planning, by the 24-year-old wunderkind Karan Mahajan. . . . I love the way Mahajan sees family life.”
—Liesl Schillinger, The Huffington Post
 
“Karan Mahajan combines take-no-prisoners satire with haunting insights into the human condition.”
—Manil Suri, author of The Death of Vishnu

Publishers Weekly
01/25/2016
The disintegration of the lives of both Hindus and Muslims affected by a bomb blast at Lajpat Market in Delhi in 1996 is the subject of Mahajan’s second novel (after Family Planning). In the aftermath of the violence we follow not only a Muslim boy who survives, Mansoor Ahmed, but his parents; the Hindu parents of Mansoor’s two friends killed in the blast; the bomb maker, named “Shockie”; and several activists who seek justice after the tragedy. The lives of Mansoor’s parents and the dead brothers’ mother and father unravel, their careers and marriages frayed by grief and anxiety. Mansoor tries to concentrate on his studies in the States, but returns to India and falls in with a charismatic activist called Ayub, soon to be unhinged by a breakup with his upper-class girlfriend. Mahajan’s talent is in conveying the sense that the world is gray, not black-and-white, and he accomplishes this by weaving together the evolving motives and passions of his characters so intricately that in the end we see each as culpable, and human. In his searing story, lives (and life itself) are subjected to close inspection and at times discombobulation. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
07/01/2016
Just as the author describes a market in Delhi, this novel "begins everywhere at once." Readers are immediately thrown into urban India, piecing together the important players of this drama. Mahajan begins the novel by describing a singular, almost routine event of 1996: a car bomb in a crowded Delhi marketplace. In the years that follow, the lives of a survivor, the family of two deceased boys, and the bombers themselves become intertwined. For the most part, the story takes place in India, and readers could easily become bogged down with unfamiliar terminology in the first third of the book. However, the narrative begins to pick up speed when Mansoor, the bomb survivor and a Muslim, leaves India to pursue his education in the United States. He returns to his homeland because of medical concerns complicated by his injuries from the bombing. Teens will be interested in the change Mansoor undergoes after his return to Dehli and intrigued by the human side of both the bombers and those affected by this act of violence. VERDICT Purchase where there is a demand for titles set in India or an interest in antiheroes.—Krystina Kelley, Belle Valley School, Belleville, IL
Kirkus Reviews
2015-12-22
A terrorist bombing in Delhi powers this exploration of radicalization, politics, and religion. The second novel by Mahajan (Family Planning, 2008) turns on two families transformed by a 1996 explosion in an open-air market. The Khuranas, who are Hindu, lost two young sons in the blast, while the neighboring Ahmeds, who are Muslim, nearly lost their son, Mansoor. Though Mansoor was not religious growing up, he still absorbs the prejudices of Indians and, later, the Americans he meets as a college student in the United States. He survived the bombing but suffered wrist injuries that make it all but impossible for him to pursue a career as a programmer. From such frustrations, Mahajan suggests, are the seeds of terrorism sown. (Sexual repression and unrequited love play no small roles, too.) Though Mansoor is the focus, Mahajan ably shifts the point of view to the killed boys' father, Vikas, who tries to channel his mourning into a documentary; Shockie, the bomb maker worn down by his job; and Ayub, a Muslim activist whose nonviolent sympathies slowly erode. Mahajan's effort to make a thriller out of the story, climaxing in another bombing attempt, can feel pat—he oversells the point that radicalism makes for unlikely bedfellows. But he's strong at exploring the very long shockwaves of small-scale violence: though the market bombings in India don't kill as many as 9/11, Mahajan argues that they have a more devastating cruelty for upending lives to no useful political purpose. Small bombs "concentrate the pain on the lives of a few," one radical says. "Better to kill generously." The wrong conclusion, of course, but the novel shows how some arrive at such callous postures. An engaging if plot-thick novel that's alert to the intersection of the emotional and political.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143109273
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/18/2016
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
6,319
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Karan Mahajan was born in 1984 and grew up in New Delhi, India. His first novel, Family Planning, was a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize and published in nine countries. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR’s All Things Considered, The New Yorker online, The Believer, The Paris Review Daily, and Bookforum. A graduate of Stanford University and the Michener Center for Writers, he lives in Austin, Texas.

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The Association of Small Bombs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
thewanderingjew More than 1 year ago
The Association of Small Bombs- Barnes and Noble review In 1996, two brothers were killed when a bomb exploded in an open air market in Delhi, India. So began a book that explores terrorism and the making of a terrorist, exposing the type of person that joins the cause and the reactions of the victims to the havoc they wreak. In the early days of terrorism, using small bombs, disorganized splinter groups accomplished one important goal. They created fear and confusion even though only minor death and destruction occurred. This fear and confusion gave rise to the need for vengeance and retribution on the part of the victims and their families. They had to come to terms with the experience in a way that allowed them to go forward with their lives. Often these methods had disastrous consequences, at other times they succeed in gaining some closure for the victim’s families. Unfortunately, these little groups of radical Muslims, or Islamists, that were largely ignored in foreign lands, were able to spawn more plentiful militant groups, eventually giving birth to 9/11. Tushar and Nakul Khurana, were young boys, not yet teenagers, on what their father would later think of as a fool’s errand. They had gone to the market in Lajpat Nagar to pick up a television that had been repaired. Because they were poor, they could not purchase a new one. The boys died when a bomb exploded. Their friend Mansour ran away and lived with survivor’s guilt for the rest of his life. In the book, the author gives the impression that was commonplace in India among the people portrayed in the book; people of certain classes lied to save face. They simply lied to protect themselves, their image or their ultimate goals, and not all of their goals were noble. The bombers lied because they could, and they lied because it was acceptable to do so in order to destroy their enemies. Their enemies were worthless. In that way they excused their own immorality and lack of ethics. In the aftermath of the explosion at the market, everyone had advice to give to the Khurana’s and the Ahmed’s. The Ahmed’s, Muslims in a country largely Hindu, felt out of place and were under a cloud of greater suspicion. Suspicions even arose about the injured Mansour. As a Muslim, could he have been the bomber? Almost hypocritically, the victims took pleasure in witnessing the torture of the damned in prison, even thought they objected to the violence that was inflicted upon themselves. They soon realized that often the wrong people were rounded up and incarcerated. They were beaten and tortured into submission and confession. The justice system was not just. When small bombs exploded in various parts of the world, the world took little notice; terrorist groups began to grow in number in that vacuum. The small bombings rarely attracted notice until 9/11, when so many Americans died and Al Qaeda became a household name. More often than not, the innocent were captured and imprisoned. They confessed because they could not withstand the torture. The spiders escaped the net. The flies did not. How the terrorists and their victims came to be and survived is explored well in this book.
redjewel7734 More than 1 year ago
I received this book as my Book of the Month choice for may, and I cannot praise this book enough. It is beautifully written and brings such a poignant touch to a subject that has become such a pervasive part of our culture. In today's media, it seems we hear about these small bombs every other day; in fact, we hear about them to the point that I believe that we have stopped listening and being impacted them...if I or someone I know wasn't hurt by one of these small bombs, then we so often just shake our head and move on. This story highlights that and shows why it is so wrong. Mahajan shows how these small bombs move out and touch and expand into the lives of all it touches. The bomb becomes representative of everything in this book. It explodes and wipes out the lives of 2 young brothers instantly, but we see that perhaps that is the simplest part of this story. The father has dreams and visions of himself as a bomb and watches as his life falls apart, rebuilds, and falls apart again as the bomb continues to define him. His wife struggles as she falls apart after the loss of her boys, can even another child help her put the pieces of her life together again or will even this new life be destroyed by the force of the bomb? This is the most straightforward of the way life is impacted by the bomb, and even it isn't clear. You also have the life of the friend who survived the bomb and how it continues to radiate and control his and his family's life. The bombers can't even escape the impact as we watch them struggle to achieve the blast then what happens as they try to outrun the blast. Then there are those accused of the blast which sometimes are and sometimes are not the bombers themselves. We even have the lives impacted of those who weren't even there. How does a peaceful activist working for the wrongly accused become a terrorist? The bottom line is that a bomb radiates and affects lives in unexpected ways and sometimes we don't realize how deeply a life has been impacted until we're looking at the rubble of a life imploded. This book has made me think of the tragedies in ways I can't fully encapsulate as of yet. I look forward to rereading it and exploring its messages more deeply.