In Other Rooms, Other Wonders


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 0.7 X 8.1 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

Daniyal Mueenuddin was brought up in Lahore, Pakistan and Elroy, Wisconsin. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Yale Law School, his stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope, The Best American Short Stories 2008, selected by Salman Rushdie, and PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2010. For a number of years he practiced law in New York. He now lives on a farm in Pakistan's southern Punjab.


Daniyal Mueenuddin takes us into a sumptuously created world, peopled with characters who are both irresistible and compellingly human. His stories unfold with the authenticity and resolute momentum of timeless classics.--Manil Suri
A stunning achievement. This superb collection ranges across a vast swath of contemporary Pakistan--from megacities to isolated villages, from feudal landlords to servant girls--and such is its narrative power that I couldn't stop turning the page. Daniyal Mueenuddin is a writer of enormous ambition, and he has the prodigious talent to match.--Mohsin Hamid
Remarkable.... a poignant picture of Punjabi life.
[Mueenuddin's] crisp, vivid voice glides effortlessly into his various characters' heads.... Dark stuff, but full of beauty.
Reading Daniyal Mueenuddin's mesmerizing first collection is like watching a game of blackjack, the shrewd players calculating their way beyond their dealt cards in an attempt to beat the dealer...In this labyrinth of power games and exploits, Mueenuddin instills luminous glimmers of longing, loss and, most movingly, unfettered love.
The eight short stories of Daniyal Mueenuddin's enchanting debut are dreamlike, illuminating contemporary Pakistan's societal contradictions in prose as clear and serene as the contradictions themselves are subtle and tumultuous.
Like Turgenev...Mueenuddin has an eye for the tragedy and beauty in lives that a lesser writer might regard merely as miserable or eccentric...In recent years, Pakistan has been regarded in the West with anger and horror. Perhaps Mueenuddin's portrait will help to bring it a different kind of attention, colored with sorrow and even fondness.
An elegant stylist with a light touch, Mueenuddin invites the reader to a richly human, wondrous experience.
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders is a collection full of pleasures...on every page there are wonderful, surprising observations and details.
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders is a collection full of pleasures...on every page there are wonderful, surprising observations and details.