This book of short stories by the Pakistani-American writer is a powerful and accomplished debut. The collection deals with country life, big landowners, their retainers, and poor relatives. A few of the stories tell about people navigating the East-West differences. In the longest piece, Lily, a young woman, tries to find stability after realizing that her party-life is at a dead end. The title story is about a poor relative of K.K. Harouni, whose estate near Lahore forms the backdrop of many of the stories. On one hand modern Pakistan is front and center, and on the other, the humanity common to any people makes the characters recognizable.

 

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393337204
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 1st, 2009

Set mainly in the Bronx in 1974, Colum McCann’s novel explores the lives of a diverse group of New Yorkers whose stories converge on the day Philippe Petit takes his historic walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. A man comes to the Bronx to find his brother, an Irish monk working with prostitutes under a freeway off-ramp.  A wealthy woman hosts a group of other mothers who have lost sons in the Vietnam War. Two artists attempt to live off the grid in a wooded cabin but return to the city to sell their paintings. These seemingly unrelated occurrences unfold over a summer when apartment buildings burn, the Watergate hearings drone on, and the war in Southeast Asia continues its violent denouement. McCann weaves these stories into a riveting drama, showing how lives touch other lives in tragic and miraculous ways.

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ISBN: 9780812973990
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 30th, 2009

Kemal is a rising young businessman about to become engaged to the ideal woman, when he falls in love with 18-year-old Fusun, a boutique clerk. As this new relationship bursts over him, Kemal is so impassioned that he doesn’t see why he can’t have a wife and a lover. Both women dump him, but he remains obsessed with Fusun, eventually tracking her down and courting her for eight years, even though she’s married by then. Kemal, though self-absorbed, is so earnest and inventive in his plans and theories that he’s an unexpectedly engaging protagonist. And the inward focus of his emotional story is balanced by his habit of collecting objects for his museum. Started as part of his obsession, this collection of figurines, candles, glasses—anything related to Fusun—expands to document a wide range of Turkish life from the mid-1970s on. In fact Pamuk, the Nobel laureate, has been working for the last decade to establish such a museum as a tribute to his own enduring beloved, Istanbul.

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ISBN: 9780307386243
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Published: Vintage - October 5th, 2010

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