By Aamer Hussein
The short stories brought together in this collection are poignant tales of loss, longing and separation, and always, a search to locate the self in a changing world. The characters are constantly in flux, weaving in and out of each other’s lives, dwelling on memories, and yet striving to improve their lot to emerge successfully from their past. Family relationships feature prominently in the stories but the diversity of action and setting lends a unique quality to each tale, leaving the reader at once thoughtful and elated.
Born and raised in Karachi, Aamer Hussein briefly attended high school in the Nilgiris, India, before moving to England in 1970. A graduate of SOAS, Hussein has been writing since the 80s. His seven acclaimed works of fiction include the collections Mirror to the Sun (1993), Cactus Town: Selected Stories (2001), and Insomnia (2007), and the Commonwealth Prize-shortlisted novella Another Gulmohar Tree (2009). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2004, and is currently Professorial Writing Fellow at the University of Southampton. He writes in both English and Urdu.