Back in Karachi for his father's funeral, Daanish, a young Pakistani changed by his years at an American university, is entranced by Dia, a fiercely independent heiress to a silk factory in the countryside. Their illicit affair will forever rupture two households and three families, destroying a stable present built on the repression of a bloody past.
In this sweeping novel of modern Pakistan, Uzma Aslam Khan takes us from the stifling demands of tradition and family to the daily oppression of routine political violence, from the gorgeous sensual vistas of the silk farms to the teeming streets of Karachi--stinking, crumbling, and corrupt.
Uzma Aslam Khan grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, and has lived in New York and Arizona. She currently lives in Lahore with her husband. Trespassing, her first novel to be published in the U.S., will appear in eleven languages.
“Trespassing sets the standard for a new generation of Pakistani novelists . . . Superlative.” —Sunday Times (U.K.)
“A startlingly fresh voice.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Riveting, examining issues of blind patriotism . . . [The] affair is torrid, and the details are sensual. . . . Khan's prose is striking . . . gut-wrenching [and] surprisingly humorous--presenting a look at life in a country that remains an enigma.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Khan tackles political and religious themes as adroitly as she handles the haunting love story . . . A brilliant, lush portrait of Karachi.” —Booklist