Burnt Shadows is a beautiful story of the enmeshed lives of two families in turbulent times. It starts with the Nagasaki bombing and ends after the fall of twin towers – traveling through India’s partition, Pakistan’s support of Mujahideens fighting the Russians in Afghanistan and then the post-9/11 situation in both US and Afghanistan. Shamsie take us through all these crazy times and the captures the mood and the sentiments of the history beautifully; a hint of Khaled Hosseini there. Since the story stays deeply personal at all times, you can feel the impact of these remarkable times on characters and their actions. Written sensitively and presenting opposing viewpoints masterfully, the book raises questions about right and wrong, race relations, prejudices and religion and leaves the reader with a powerful perspective that has the ability to challenge pre-conceived beliefs.