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Trespassing

A Novel

Uzma Aslam Khan

Picador

Shortlisted for The Commonwealth Prize, Eurasia
 
Back in Karachi for his father's funeral, Daanish, a Pakistani student changed by his years at an American university, is entranced by a girl in the traditional dupatta who appears one day at the house of mourning. But the dupatta is deceptive; Dia is the modern daughter of a mother who, as the owner of a silk farm and factory, has achieved a degree of freedom rare among Pakistani women. It will take a handful of silkworms, fattened on mulberry leaves, to bring Daanish and Dia together. But their union will forever rupture the peace of two households and three families, destroying a stable present built on the repression of an anguished past.

In this sweeping novel of modern Pakistan, Uzma Aslam Khan takes us deep into a world of radical contrasts, from the stifling demands of tradition and family to the daily oppression of routine political violence, from the sensual vistas of the silk farm to the teeming streets of Karachi—stinking, crumbling, and corrupt.

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Praise for Trespassing

"Trespassing sets the standard for a new generation of Pakistani novelists . . . Superlative."--Sunday Times (U.K.)

"A startlingly fresh voice."--Kirkus Reviews

"Riveting, examining issues of blind patriotism . . . [The] affair is torrid, and the details are sensual. . . . Khan's prose is striking . . . gut-wrenching [and] surprisingly humorous--presenting a look at life in a country that remains an enigma."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Khan tackles political and religious themes as adroitly as she handles the haunting love story . . . A brilliant, lush portrait of Karachi."--Booklist

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  • Uzma Aslam Khan

  • Uzma Aslam Khan grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, and has lived in New York and Arizona. She lives in Lahore, Pakistan.
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