by Daniyal Mueenuddin
December 18, 2009 Granta editor John Freeman picks the year's top five debuts by fiction writers. The list includes three collections of short stories and two novels. Freeman says the era of the splashy debut might be gone, but these authors demonstrate, despite their short publishing histories, that first-time writers can still make a big impression.
December 15, 2009 Daniyel Mueenaddin's collection of short stories is set mostly in rural Punjab and the city of Lahore and explore the the lives of both the poor and the rich under Pakistan's rigid class structure.
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December 15, 2009 What makes a good book-club selection? Most of Lynn Neary's picks are quick reads. All are fiction. And, because some of the best conversations occur when people don't agree, a few are calculated to spark debate. So have a glass of wine, maybe a bite to eat, and let the discussions begin.
March 31, 2009 A recent issue of the literary magazine Granta included moving stories from two new writers: Daniyal Mueenuddin, author of the book In Other Rooms, Other Wonders; and Justin Torres. The writers read from their works.
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March 18, 2009 Daniyal Mueenuddin's In Other Rooms, Other Wonders conjures a superb, wide-angle portrait of modern Pakistan that mixes pathos with considerable charm. His linked tales examine the interdependent lives of characters from all classes.
March 6, 2009 Born of an American mother and a Pakistani father, writer Daniyal Mueenuddin sees himself as somewhat of a translator, interpreting life in a remote part of Pakistan for a Western audience. His new book of short stories is In Other Rooms, Other Wonders.
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