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An exhilarating debut by a young writer from Pakistan: 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.
About the Author
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.
“Fresh, intelligent, and bold: Mira Sethi’s stories open up fascinating slices of contemporary life in Pakistan.” —Mohsin Hamid, author of Exit West
“Mira Sethi has an extraordinary talent for capturing the vulnerability of people caught in the contrasting currents of modernity and the past. These are complex, delicate stories, alert to both the comic and the tragic. And while they focus on characters changing in a changing society, there is a timelessness about Sethi’s work that I think comes from her precise observations that a reader will remember like lines of poetry, for their beauty.” —Kiran Desai, Booker Prize–winning author of The Inheritance of Loss
“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.” —Vogue
“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
“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.” —Refinery29
“In her provocative and deeply satisfying debut story collection, Sethi brings a fresh, smart twist to life in Pakistan mostly through the lens of young women . . . Sethi keenly catches subtle class and status distinctions but also brings wise insight into her characters as they grapple with questions of relocation and dislocation and matches it with a sharp edge.” —National Book Review “With #OwnVoices nuance and precision, Sethi both exposes and enthralls.” —Booklist (starred)
“Biting and incisive stories . . . especially striking for their portrayal of hidden homosexuality.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Vibrant, incisive, and provocative.” —Arianna Rebolini,Buzzfeed “Mira Sethi knows of what she writes . . . A welcome addition to the canon.” —Alexis Burling, San Francisco Chronicle “A voice that is as fresh as it is formidable . . . Sethi’s stories are a real crucible for personal and national feeling, and she evokes a harrowing sense of ‘lostness’ through her characters . . . Enormously compelling.” —Hurmat Kazmi, Dawn