A volume of linked stories describes the intertwined lives of landowners and their retainers on the Gurmani family farm in Pakistan, in a collection that explores such themes as culture, class power, and desire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.