Books by Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie was born in 1973 in Pakistan. Her first novel, In the City by the Sea, was published in 1998 and shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys/Mail on Sunday Prize. In 1999, she received the Award for Literature in Pakistan and a year later publis

HOME FIRE by Kamila Shamsie
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A powerful novel and a timely one."
A modern-day Antigone set against political tensions in London, Shamsie's latest is a haunting and arrestingly current portrait of two families forever caught in the insurmountable gap between love and country, loyalty and desire. Read full book review >
BURNT SHADOWS by Kamila Shamsie
Released: May 4, 2009

"With a rare combination of skill and sensitivity, Shamsie generates pathos for outsiders and the displaced."
An epic tale of two families whose lives are intertwined by conflict. Read full book review >
BROKEN VERSES by Kamila Shamsie
Released: June 1, 2005

"Aasmaani herself is this strong novel's greatest strength. She's a remarkable narrator, in a thoroughly captivating tale."
In a Karachi-set fourth novel, Shamsie (Kartography, 2003, etc.) explores universal themes. Read full book review >
KARTOGRAPHY by Kamila Shamsie
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Shamsie's stylish, energetic prose holds real promise for future books. Kartography, though, is a near-miss."
The splintering effects of an unbroken "cycle of violence, unemployment, divisiveness" in Pakistan enfold and alienate the protagonists of this intense third novel from the author of Salt and Saffron (2000). Read full book review >
SALT AND SAFFRON by Kamila Shamsie
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"The issue underlying this story is compelling: the tug of tradition on the global soul. Sadly, Shamsie gives us little reason to keep turning the pages. Little, if anything, is at stake for its protagonist."
Shamsie's second novel (In the City by the Sea, 1998, not reviewed) concerns the impact of caste, history, family lore, and globalization on a college-age Pakistani woman studying in the States. Read full book review >