Pakistani author Daniyal Mueenuddin, an "elegant stylist with a light touch" (Publishers Weekly, starred review), crafts eight intricately connected short stories. Each compelling tale revolves around the life and legacy of K. K. Harouni, a wealthy landowner in feudal, corruption-fueled Lahore. In this cutthroat society, a servant girl can immediately gain prestige by seducing a powerful married man - and then lose it just as swiftly.
"Difficult but Intriguing"
"When the Towers Fell", by David Remnick; "Speechless", by Jonathan Safran Foer; "Dessert", by Colum McCann; "Passengers", by Ian Frazier; "Paying Attention", by Edward Conlon; "Monsters", by Zadie Smith; "Power Grid", by Daniyal Mueenuddin; "Coming Apart", by George Packer; and "Shaping the Void", by Paul Goldberger.
"Mandate with Destiny", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Disaster Economics", by James Surowiecki; "Toques from Underground", by Dana Goodyear; "Sameer and the Samosas", by Daniyal Mueenuddin; "Life Lines", by Peter Schjeldahl; and "Tough Times", by Anthony Lane.