In his debut novel, 25-year-old Jamil Jan Kochai, who was born in Pakistan and grew up in the US, has written a book that tells the story of those being hunted. It’s something more than well crafted; it’s phenomenal. ...Kochai’s book has a big heart. He works on a vast canvas, cramming cousins of cousins into every scene and making them distinctive. Women and young girls may be covered in burqas, but they have fully developed personalities. He has a keen eye for class distinctions between the families, and evolving relationships. The fabled Afghan code of honour and strict religiosity is laid to rest here, as some pray, some don’t and some pretend to...
"One Booker shortlist later, Galley Beggar were proved correct. Ellmann’s novel isn’t perfect, and it may not take the prize, but in a world where Ian McEwan is still at large, something introspective and richly painted is a tonic for us all...."
— The Daily Telegraph
4.25 out of 5