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The Tiger Claw: A Novel

Shauna Singh Baldwin (Author)
Synopsis An extraordinary story of love and espionage, cultural tension and displacement inspired by the life of Noor Inayat Khan – code name “Madeleine” – who worked against the Occupation after the Nazi invasion of France. When her father, the Sufi mystic and musician Hazrat Inayat Khan, dies, Noor is forced to how to her uncle’s religious literalism and ideas of feminine propriety. Yet, while at the Sorbonne, she falls in love with Armand, a Jewish pianist and composer, and when her uncle forbids her to see him, continues their relationship in secret. As the Germans invade France in 1940, Armand persuades Noor to leave him for her own safety. Noor flees with her family to England, but volunteers to serve in a special intelligence agency. Trained as a radio operator for a group that, in Churchill’s words, will “set Europe ablaze” with acts of sabotage, she is sent back to Occupied France. Unwavering courage is what Noor requires for her assignment, and for her deeply personal mission – to unite with her beloved again. As her talisman, she carries her grandmother’s gift, an heirloom tiger claw encased in gold… In its portrayed of intolerance, The Tiger Claw eerily mirrors our own times, and progresses with moments of great beauty and tension towards a moving and unforgettable denouement.
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About the author

Shauna Singh Baldwin

Shauna Singh Baldwin was born in Montreal and grew up in India. Her first novel, What the Body Remembers, was longlisted for the Orange Prize and won the 2000 Commonwealth Writers Prize Best Book Award in the Caribbean and Canada region. The story that was to become that novel was awarded the Saturday Night CBC Literary Prize. She is also the author of English Lessons and Other Stories and the co-author of A Foreign Visitor’s Survival Guide to America. She lives in Milwaukee, USA.

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Title The Tiger Claw: A Novel
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0143032895
length xii+570p., 22cm.