Just when you’re wishing 2021 is the year for all of us – here comes the first big news – trust us, it’s a good one! Here goes: Mira Sethi’s debut novel has made its way into the most anticipated book list of 2021 under Refinery29 and Vogue magazine.
Even Vogue’s senior editor dubs the novel a “powerful book with a light touched, marking the arrival of an assured storyteller.”
“It is an exhilarating debut by a young writer from Pakistan: provocative, funny, disarmingly original stories that upend traditional notions of identity and family, and peer into the vulnerable workings of the human heart,” says the catalogue description.
From the high-stakes worlds of television and politics to the intimate corridors of home—including the bedroom—these wryly observed, deeply revealing stories look at life in Pakistan with humor, compassion, psychological acuity, and emotional immediacy. Childhood best friends agree to marry in order to keep their sexuality a secret. A young woman with an anxiety disorder discovers the numbing pleasures of an illicit love affair. A radicalized student’s preparations for his sister’s wedding involve beating up the groom. An actress is forced to grow up fast on the set of her first major tv show, where the real intrigue takes place off-screen. Every story bears witness to the all-too-universal desire to be loved, and what happens when this longing gets pushed to its limits. Are You Enjoying? is a free-spirited, confident, indelible introduction to a galvanizing new talent.
The book is set to launch in May 2021, and we, as well as her countless fans, can’t wait to get our hands on it.