Edited by Farah Ghuznavi (Zubaan Books, 2013)
The first collection of its kind, Lifelines presents new work by young female writers from Bangladesh. Their stories portray multifaceted characters trying to take control of their own destinies, challenging stereotypes that cast the complex country as nothing more than poor and underdeveloped. In these tales, a successful architect suddenly becomes the reluctant guardian of two children; a New York cabbie ponders his previous incarnation as an investment banker; a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law maintain an uneasy truce based on delusion; a student encounters a mystery from his past in a foreign land; a young woman discovers an unlikely cure for self-consciousness; clear-eyed children observe adult hypocrisies; and romance makes its way into in all the wrong places.
“A great read, and indeed a great re-read as my well-thumbed copy attests. The stories speak of universal themes but Bangladesh lies at their heart. Anthologies such as these are so important, bringing many new writers to new international audiences.” – goodreads.com