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Are You Enjoying? (Knopf)
An exhilarating debut by one of Pakistan’s most exciting young writers: provocative, funny, disarmingly original stories that upend traditional notions of identity and family, and peer into the vulnerable workings of the human heart.
From the high-stakes worlds of television and politics to the intimate corridors of home—including the bedroom—these wryly observed, deeply revealing stories look at life in Pakistan with humor, compassion, psychological acuity, and emotional immediacy. Childhood best friends agree to marry in order to keep their sexuality a secret. A young woman with an anxiety disorder discovers the numbing pleasures of an illicit love affair. A radicalized student's preparations for his sister's wedding involve beating up the groom. An actress is forced to grow up fast on the set of her first major tv show, where the real intrigue takes place off-screen. Every story bears witness to the all-too-universal desire to be loved, and what happens when this longing gets pushed to its limits. Are You Enjoying? is a free-spirited, confident, indelible introduction to a galvanizing new talent.
Mira Sethi is an actor and a writer. She grew up in Lahore and attended Wellesley College, after which Sethi worked as a books editor at The Wall Street Journal. She has written op-ed pieces for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian. Sethi regularly appears in mainstream Pakistani drama series on television. She lives in Lahore, Karachi, and San Francisco.
Praise for Are You Enjoying?:
“Fresh, intelligent, and bold: Mira Sethi’s stories open up fascinating slices of contemporary life in Pakistan.” —Mohsin Hamid, author of Exit West
“Are You Enjoying? is emotional, equally hilarious, and gutting. I couldn’t put this book down because I’d been welcomed into the most intimate parts of these characters’ lives.” —Rupi Kaur, author of Milk and Honey
“A powerful book with a light touch, marking the arrival of an assured storyteller . . . Sethi is operating in a rich tradition of South Asian storytelling, but also, with the distinct and vibrant perspective she offers, making it her own.”—Chloe Schama, Vogue’s “Best Books of 2021”
“It’s pure joy to read this book . . . Bracingly sharp . . . While Sethi clearly has fun with her characters, she also treats them with sensitivity and compassion.”—Kristin Iversen, Refinery29’s “50 Books to Read in 2021”