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Before She Sleeps: A Novel by [Bina Shah]

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“An overdue enlargement of the cultural conversation that The Handmaid’s Tale continues to provoke.” —Kirkus Reviews
“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 Harkawa, author of Gnomon and The Gone-Away World
“The 21st century answer to
The Handmaid’s Tale . . . 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
“By setting her book in a future Middle East and South Asia, 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 Elthahawy, author of
Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

About the Author

Bina Shah is a regular contributor to the International New York Times and is a frequent guest on the BBC. She has contributed essays to Granta, The Independent, and The Guardian. She holds degrees from Wellesley College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is an alumna of the University of Iowa’s International Writers Workshop. Her novel Slum Child was a bestseller in Italy, and she has been published in English, Spanish, German and Italian. She lives in Karachi.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07FCZZ6HM
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Delphinium Books (August 7, 2018)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 7, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3740 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 193 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.0 out of 5 stars 117 ratings

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Bina Shah is a contemporary writer from Karachi, Pakistan, and has written five novels and two collections of short stories. Her humorous writing, political satire, and clear-eyed view of social issues have earned her critical praise and a devoted following among Pakistanis all over the world. With a bicultural upbringing, a childhood spent partly in the United States, and having studied at Wellesley College and Harvard University, Bina is in a perfect position to bridge Pakistan and America; her writing focuses on observing and interpreting the social, cultural, and religious forces that shape the world's most intriguing country, and making it understandable to a global audience.

She is a contributor to many international newspapers and magazines: the International New York Times, Al Jazeera, The World Post, The Guardian, Granta have all published her journalism and non-fiction. Her fiction has been published in Wasafiri, Critical Muslim, The Istanbul Review, Asian Cha, and Bengal Lights. Her most recent novel, Before She Sleeps, was published in August 2018 and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, as well as coverage in The Atlantic and the New York Times as part of a growing trend of feminist dystopian fiction channeling the anger and anxiety of the #MeToo era.

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