Shireen Jilla is a journalist, who has written regularly for the Evening Standard and The Sunday Times. She has been an expat in Paris, Rome and New York. She now lives with her husband and three children in west London. Exiled is her first novel.
Exiled is a dark, dysfunctional family psychodrama, played out against the backdrop of privileged society in New York City’s Upper East Side. In love with her husband Jessie, an ambitious British diplomat, whose first posting brings them to New York, Anna begins the hectic, enjoyable life of a successful expat. But New York also brings her into contact with her husband’s manipulative and competitive stepmother Nancy, a powerful American socialite and philanthropist. When a silly incident with her only son Josh involves the Police Department, Anna’s seemingly perfect world begins to shatter. As Jessie’s journey to rediscover his New York roots draws him closer to Nancy, terrible and strange things keep happening to Anna. She begins to fear that someone is out to destroy her family.
PUBLICATION DATE: 1st April 2011