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The Good Children

The Good Children

Author(s): Roopa Farooki

Location(s): Lahore

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1930s/40s

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Leaving home is one thing. Surviving is another. 1940s Lahore, the Punjab. Two brothers and their two younger sisters are brought up to be ‘good children’, who do what they’re told. Beaten and browbeaten by their manipulative mother, to...

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Author(s): Mohsin Hamid

Location(s): Lahore

Genre(s): Novella

Era(s): Modern

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The setting is Anarkali a district in Lahore, Pakistan. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is Mohsin Hamid’s thrillingly provocative international bestseller,shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2007. ‘Excuse me, sir, but may I be of assistance? Ah, I see I...

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In the Company of Strangers

In the Company of Strangers

Author(s): Awais Khan

Location(s): Lahore

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 2016

Mona has almost everything: money, friends, social status… everything except for freedom. Languishing in her golden cage, she craves a sense of belonging… Desperate for emotional release, she turns to a friend who introduces her to a world of...

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Moth Smoke

Moth Smoke

Author(s): Mohsin Hamid

Location(s): Lahore

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

‘Subtly audacious . . . A steamy and often darkly amusing book about sex, drugs, and class warfare in postcolonial Asia’ Village Voice ‘You know you’re in trouble when you can’t meet a woman’s eye, particularly if the woman...

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The Crow Eaters

The Crow Eaters

Author(s): Bapsi Sidhwa

Location(s): Lahore

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): late 19th century

Seeking fortune and opportunity, Faredoon ‘Freddy’ Junglewalla and his family – his pregnant wife, infant daughter, and burdensome mother-in-law – move from their ancestral village in rural India to the bustling metropolis of Lahore. Welcomed by the small but...

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The Dancing Girls of Lahore: Selling Love and Saving Dreams in Pakistan’s Pleasure District

The Dancing Girls of Lahore: Selling Love and Saving Dreams in Pakistan’s Pleasure District

Author(s): Louise Brown

Location(s): Lahore

Genre(s): Nonfiction

Era(s): early 2000s

The dancing girls of Lahore inhabit the Diamond Market in the shadow of a great mosque. The twenty-first century goes on outside the walls of this ancient quarter but scarcely registers within. Though their trade can be described with...

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The Inside City

The Inside City

Author(s): Anita Mir

Location(s): Lahore

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Earlier 20th Century

As India hurtles towards Partition, in Lahore’s ancient inside city, Amrau Dar is not thinking about politics. She is waiting for a prediction about her son, Awais, to come true. Awais discovers not a secret garden but a secret...

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To Lahore, With Love

To Lahore, With Love

Author(s): Hina Belitz

Location(s): Lahore, London

Genre(s): Coming of Age

Era(s): Contemporary

Addy Mayford has always struggled with her identity. Brought up in a household of stories, food and faith by her Irish mother and Pakistani Nana, she feels constantly torn between the two sides of her upbringing. Since the death...

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