“Stunning not only on account of the author’s talent, of which there is clearly plenty, but also in its humanity.” — New York Times Book Review (cover). Sent back to his birthplace — Lahore’s notorious red-light district — to hush up the murder of a girl, a man finds himself in an unexpected reckoning with his past. Not since childhood has Faraz returned to the Mohalla, in Lahore’s walled inner city, where women continue to pass down the art of courtesan from mother to daughter. But he still remembers the day he was abducted from the home he shared with his mother and sister there, at the direction of his powerful father, who wanted to give him a chance at a respectable life...
Publisher: Riverhead Books (April 5, 2022) Pages: 352 pages ISBN-10: 0593330188 ISBN-13: 978-0593330180 ASIN: B09FL9SWB1
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Aamina Ahmad, a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, has received a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, a Pushcart Prize, and a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award. Her short fiction has appeared in One Story, The Southern Review, Ecotone, and elsewhere; she is also the author of a play, The Dishonored. She lives in Berkeley, CA