'A story of cultural and ethnic conflict in spare and elegant prose that resonates beyond its immediate setting' Observer 'A haunting and beautiful book' Glasgow Sunday Mail 'Original and emotional... as intricately patterned and vivid as lengths of top-quality silk.' Sunday Telegraph 'Cocoons are not the only things that explode in this novel. The silken prose emphasises the conflict between the tender subject and a world (in this case Pakistan) where violence of every sort has become institutionalised. It is a self-confident novel and marks the emergence of a new generation of Pakistani novelists unencumbered by the icons or the ideology of a wretched state.' Tariq Ali
Uzma Aslam Khan grew up in Karachi. She is the author of one previous novel, The Story of Noble Rot (2001). She has taught English language and literature in the United States, Morocco, and in Pakistan. Currently she works for an NGO in Lahore, where she lives with her husband.