This thesis argues that identity through the themes of life, death and loneliness in Monica Ali`s Brick Lane (2006) and In the Kitchen (2009) is fundamental to the novels. Chapter 1 presents Monica Ali as an author. It also shows how theories of feminism and postcolonialism can be applied to the thesis, and introduces identity theories. Chapter 2 focuses on Brick Lane, a novel about the young Nazneen who moves from her home country Bangladesh to England to marry a man she has never met in her life. Having to adapt to a new and unknown existence, Nazneen meets obstacles and challenges. A troubled quest for identity starts, and she eventually changes, and her identity develops. The focal point in this part of the thesis will be on this identity forged by Nazneen`s new life and situation in an unfamiliar country and culture, and on how she handles her unaccustomed everyday life. Identity is also related to the protagonist of In the Kitchen, Gabe. Born and raised in England, he does not meet the same difficulties as Nazneen. However, he struggles with his background and finds out the truth about his mother. His plans about opening a restaurant of his own, marrying his girlfriend and start a family all fail, and when he learns that his father is sick and he becomes utterly aware of his own mortality, Gabe begins searching for his own identity as well. Chapter 3 analyses Gabe`s identity problems.