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“Remarkable. . . . a poignant picture of Punjabi life.” — The Economist
“Mueenuddin’s talent lets us perceive not just [Pakistan’s] machinations but also its beauty. . . . In this labyrinth of power games and exploits, Mueenuddin inserts luminous glimmers of longing, loss and, most movingly, unfettered love.” — New York Times Book Review
“Mueenuddin convincingly captures the mindset or speech of any class. . . . A collection full of pleasures.” — Washington Post
“[Mueenuddin’s] crisp, vivid voice glides effortlessly into his various characters’ heads. . . . Dark stuff, but full of beauty.” — Entertainment Weekly
“Starred Review. An elegant stylist with a light touch, Mueenuddin invites the reader to a richly human, wondrous experience.” — Publishers Weekly
“Daniyal Mueenuddin takes us into a sumptuously created world, peopled with characters who are both irresistible and compellingly human. His stories unfold with the authenticity and resolute momentum of timeless classics.” — Manil Suri
“A stunning achievement. This superb collection ranges across a vast swath of contemporary Pakistan—from megacities to isolated villages, from feudal landlords to servant girls—and such is its narrative power that I couldn’t stop turning the page. Daniyal Mueenuddin is a writer of enormous ambition, and he has the prodigious talent to match.” — Mohsin Hamid
“A blazingly good writer. He brings to vivid and compelling life a country and its people.” — David Davidar, author of The Solitude of Emperors
“Daniyal Mueenuddin’s Pakistanis are like Chekhov’s Russians, so fully realized that we never wonder over what motivates them. They are living, breathing presences—sometimes brought so close that, I daresay, you hear the sounds of their breathing and the roll of gravel under their feet. brings us a new way of seeing the world, and it is one that we could not have anticipated.” — Elizabeth Evans, author of Carter Clay
Daniyal Mueenuddin was brought up in Lahore, Pakistan and Elroy, Wisconsin. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Yale Law School, his stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope, The Best American Short Stories 2008, selected by Salman Rushdie, and the forthcoming PEN/O.Henry Prize Stories 2010. For a number of years he practiced law in New York. He now lives on a farm in Pakistan’s southern Punjab.