Thinner than Skin by Uzma Aslam Khan
Winner of French Embassy Prize for Best Fiction at Karachi Literary Festival 2014
Longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2014 and the Man Asian Literary Prize 2012.
Set between the USA and the Northern Glaciers of Pakistan, Thinner Than Skin is expansive look at the intersection of cultures and what happens at those intersections. A powerful and moving read.
A young Pakistani photographer and his American born Pakistani-German lover travel from California to Pakistan in an attempt to exorcize their pasts, in order to build their shared future.
Up in the glaciers of Northern Pakistan, a tragedy at a mountain lake entwines the fates of the two lovers with the people they encounter there: Miriam, a nomad, travelling with her family into the mountains to escape persecution, and Irfan, haunted by ghosts and hoping that the mountains may offer him a reprieve from his troubles.
‘Smart, fierce, and poignant: perhaps the most exciting novel yet by this very talented writer.’
Mohsin Hamid, author of Exit West and The Reluctant Fundamentalist
‘Here in the West we don’t receive many English-language novels by Pakistani women authors, so when we do we should pay attention…Thinner Than Skin has elements of quest, thriller, love story and legend, with unconventional characters’ The Star, Toronto
‘The quality of Khan’s prose is deft and inspiring. Her analogies are extended, her descriptions poetic, thick with adjectives and metaphors. But, luckily for the reader, her sentences are not contrived. And all along, she tells the story well. This book is a must-read for all those who need to know more about the eclectic people and the riveting beauty of a land called Pakistan.’ TTS Newsline, Pakistan
‘You don’t just read Thinner Than Skin; you enter it, and inhabit it, to comprehend it. You’ll be richer, of course… The brilliant author’s best, thus far.’ First City