The Monsoon War


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Delphinium Books
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5.85 X 8.5 X 1.18 inches | 0.62 pounds

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About the Author

Bina Shah is a writer of English fiction and a journalist living in Karachi, Pakistan. She is the author of four novels and two collections of short stories, including Slum Child, which was a best seller in Italy. A regular contributor to the International New York Times, she is a provocative and bold commentator for the international press on Pakistan's society, culture, and women's rights. Her most recent novel, A Season for Martyrs, originally published by Delphinium in 2014, was published in France and India in 2016. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an alum of the International Writers Program at the University of Iowa.


"Betrayals, reversals, action and nail-biting suspense make for an addictive story... and the characters and their incandescent fellowship will keep you obsessed." -- The Washington Post

"Listen to the voice of Bina Shah--you will hear a young, confident, compassionate new Pakistan. Her latest novel not only sparkles with wit and wisdom but is a deeply moving paean to the power of love for the author's Pakistani culture and people." -- Professor Akbar Ahmed, author, playwright, poet, and Chair of Islamic Studies at American University

Praise for Before She Sleeps: "In Bina Shah's Before She Sleeps, women who have survived a deadly strain of HPV are forced to have children with multiple husbands." -- As cited by The Atlantic as one of the preeminent contemporary dystopian novels, July 2022

"Female-centered #Dystopia from #Pakistan: Before She Sleeps, Bina Shah. Fascinating new angle on 'emotional work'!" -- Margaret Atwood on Twitter

"A haunting, dystopian thriller... Fans of The Handmaid's Tale won't want to miss this one." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"An overdue enlargement of the cultural conversation that [The Handmaid's Tale] continues to provoke." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Charged and thrilling...exquisite...Shah develops her multiple characters beautifully...a thoughtful novel that will stick with me for a very long time." -- Los Angeles Times

"The most subtly disturbing of dystopias, richly textured and appallingly intimate, Before She Sleeps has hints of Huxley and Atwood but is uniquely Bina Shah." -- Nick Harkaway, author of Gnomon and The Gone-Away World

"Gripping, smart and dystopian in the most terrifying way, which is to say that it seems so very possible. Green City is the glossy, AI-powered, deeply misogynistic technocracy of our nightmares, which the free yet confined women of the Panah desperately struggle to defy." -- Molly Crabapple, author of Drawing Blood

"A timely novel of women's resistance and determination.... Bina Shah has given us a welcome addition to the feminist dystopian thriller that expands the genre beyond a white-centric gaze. Women's stories and women's voices--in all our diversity--are important and Bina Shah's thriller is a necessary reminder." -- Mona Eltahawy, author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

"Shah's novel is both explicitly connected to Atwood's marvel [The Handmaid's Tale] and working to expand it by imagining what a secular, Middle Eastern Gilead might look like.... One of the best books of the second half of 2018." -- The Millions

"Provocative." --, one of the Best Books of the Summer

"Before She Sleeps stands on its own as a novel that will have readers contemplating rebellion and revolt, sex and power, and the many ways women's bodies are sacrificed for the good of society." -- Booklist