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“An overdue enlargement of the cultural conversation that [The Handmaid’s Tale] continues to provoke.” -- Kirkus Reviews

“Female-centered #Dystopia from #Pakistan: Before She Sleeps, Bina Shah. Fascinating new angle on ‘emotional work’!” -- Margaret Atwood on Twitter

“Charged and thrilling…exquisite…Shah develops her multiple characters beautifully…a thoughtful novel that will stick with me for a very long time.” -- Los Angeles Times

“The most subtly disturbing of dystopias, richly textured and appallingly intimate, Before She Sleeps has hints of Huxley and Atwood but is uniquely Bina Shah.” -- Nick Harkaway, author of Gnomon and The Gone-Away World

“A haunting, dystopian thriller… Fans of The Handmaid’s Tale won’t want to miss this one.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The 21st century answer to The Handmaid’s Tale… Gripping, smart and dystopian in the most terrifying way, which is to say that it seems so very possible. Green City is the glossy, AI-powered, deeply misogynistic technocracy of our nightmares, which the free yet confined women of the Panah desperately struggle to defy.” -- Molly Crabapple, author of Drawing Blood

Before She Sleeps stands on its own as a novel that will have readers contemplating rebellion and revolt, sex and power, and the many ways women’s bodies are sacrificed for the good of society.” -- Booklist

“A timely novel of women’s resistance and determination. By setting her book in a future Middle East and South Asia, Bina Shah has given us a welcome addition to the feminist dystopian thriller that expands the genre beyond a white-centric gaze. Women’s stories and women’s voices―in all our diversity―are important and Bina Shah’s thriller is a necessary reminder.” -- Mona Eltahawy, author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

“Provocative.” -- Syfy.com, One of the Best Books of the Summer

“Shah’s novel is both explicitly connected to Atwood’s marvel [The Handmaid’s Tale] and working to expand it by imagining what a secular, Middle Eastern Gilead might look like… One of the best books of the second half of 2018.” -- The Millions --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Bina Shah is a writer of English fiction and a journalist living in Karachi, Pakistan. She is the author of four novels and two collections of short stories, including Slum Child, which was a best seller in Italy. A regular contributor to the International New York Times, she is a provocative and bold commentator for the international press on Pakistan’s society, culture, and women’s rights. Her most recent novel, A Season for Martyrs, originally published by Delphinium in 2014, was published in France and India in 2016. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an alum of the International Writers Program at the University of Iowa. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Publisher : Delphinium Books (7 August 2018)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 3740 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 281 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blieb unter den Erwartungen
Reviewed in Germany on 20 January 2020
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Brugiolo Cristina
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written book, a feminist version of the 1984 George Orwell book!
Reviewed in Italy on 12 October 2019
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Catherine Therese Krüger
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Reviewed in Germany on 4 September 2019
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Jane C.
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous premise
Reviewed in the United States on 8 May 2019
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Aleda Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging story with distinctly depicted characters
Reviewed in the United States on 12 September 2018
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