ABOUT A SEASON FOR MARTYRS
The U.S. literary debut of an up-and-coming Pakistani novelist and journalist.
Ali Sikandar is assigned to cover the arrival of Benazir Bhutto, the opposition leader who has returned home to Karachi after eight years of exile to take part in the presidential race. Already eager to leave for college in the U.S. and marry his forbidden Hindu girlfriend, Ali loses a friend in a horrific explosion and finds himself swept up in events larger than his individual struggle for identity and love when he joins the People’s Resistance Movement, a group that opposes President Musharraf. Amidst deadly terrorist attacks and protest marches, this contemporary narrative thread weaves in flashbacks that chronicle the deep and beautiful tales of Pakistani history, of the mythical gods who once protected this land. Bina Shah, a journalist herself and now a NYT op-ed writer, illustrates with extraordinary depth and keen observation into daily life the many contradictions of a country struggling to make peace with itself.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
BINA SHAH is a contemporary writer from Karachi, Pakistan, and has written four novels and two collections of short stories. Her humorous writing, political satire, and clear-eyed view of social issues have earned her critical praise and a devoted following amongst Pakistanis all over the world.
With a bicultural upbringing, a childhood spent partly in the United States, and having studied at Wellesley College and Harvard University, Bina is in a perfect position to bridge Pakistan and America; her writing focuses on observing and interpreting the social, cultural, and religious forces that shape the world’s most intriguing country, and making it understandable to a global audience.
Her recent novel, Slum Child, was a bestseller in Italy, selling over 20,000 copies.
She is a contributing op-ed writer for the International New York Times.
A Season For Martyrs, November 2014 by Delphinium Books and distributed by HarperCollins US.