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This review is from: In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (Paperback)
Usually with short stories I read one or two in between reading other things but with this I had to read them straight through - wonderful stories. Each story stands alone but they are linked through the characters' relationships with a landowning Pakistani family. Here is a wonderful set of characters: authentic, engaging and above all, believable, as are the situations (by no means always happy) in which they find themselves. Daniyal Mueenuddin gives a glimpse of life in Pakistan in the same way as Kamila Shamsie.
I would rate this as highly as a novel which gives a similar in-depth and genuine insight into life, but in Afghanistan rather than Pakistan. That is Mary Smith's debut novel No More Mulberries which provides an authentic flavour of life in rural Afghanistan in a way not presented by the media.