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Author Qaisra Shahraz is well known for her literary works on women and Muslim culture, therefore, HopeRoad Publishing is pleased to announce the release of A Pair of Jeans and Other Short Stories by this exceptional writer.

** Out March 13! **

A Pair of Jeans and a collection of Short Stories by Qaisra Shahraz

pairjeans In this vibrant and moving collection of short stories by award winning author Quaisra Shahraz, she demonstrates yet again her abilities as a gripping storyteller. ‘The Elopement’, ‘The Discovery’ and ‘A Pair of Jeans’ focus on the issues facing young Pakistani Muslim women as they work out how to live in a world where traditional and Western values clash. Can they create a synthesis? Miriam in ‘A Pair of Jeans’ discovers that a seeming innocuous item of clothing can cause disaster while Rubiya in ‘The Elopement’ and ‘The Discovery’ pays the price of rejection for her past misdeed. In ‘The Zemindar’s Wife’ and ‘Perchanvah’ the reader opens a window into a world of feudal lifestyle and class consciousness that is embedded in the psyche of many of the country’s inhabitants. Other stories – ‘Escape and the City Dwellers’ explore the feelings of those struggling to discover the meaning of “home”. ‘The Malay Host’ is a contrast with an element of the mysterious. What is behind the one locked door in the old Malay house that is a tourist attraction and why is the woman of the house brandishing a piece of burning wood at the Western visitors?

Author Qaisra Shahraz said: “In this collection of stories I wanted to take my readers on a journey, including to other lands; exploring the struggle between cultures, the notion of multiple identities, the contrast between the rural and the urban world and that of Manchester and Lahore, for example. As in my novels The Holy Woman and Typhoon I have loved opening out the rural world of Pakistan to the western reader, offering a window into the world of feudal lifestyle and class consciousness.”

Buy A Pair of Jeans and Other stories is available here.