Author Uzma Aslam Khan

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Uzma Aslam Khan is an award-winning Pakistani-American author of five novels, including Trespassing, The Geometry of GodThinner Than Skin, and, most recently, The Miraculous True History of Nomi Ali. Trespassing, described by Tariq Alias ‘a self-confident novel (that) marks the emergence of a new generation of Pakistani novelists,’ received a Commonwealth Prize nomination in 2003. The Geometry of God, described by Women’s Prize winner Kamila Shamsieas ‘elegant, sensuous and fiercely intelligent,’ was one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2009. Thinner Than Skin, described by Man Booker finalist Mohsin Hamidas ‘smart, fierce, and poignant,’ was nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and won the French Prize for Best Fiction at the Karachi Literature Festival 2014. Khan’s fifth novel, The Miraculous True History of Nomi Ali, set in the British penal colony of the Andaman Islands during WW2, was released in the Indian subcontinent in Spring 2019 to wide acclaim.

Her books have been translated worldwide, and her short fiction and essays have appeared in GrantaThe Massachusetts ReviewNimrod, the Guardian, Counterpunch, Dawn, Herald, and other magazines and journals. Her most recent short story ‘My Mother is a Lunar Crater,’ won second prize in Zoetrope: All Story’s Short Fiction Prize 2018, judged by Colum McCann. Khan’s fifth novel, The Miraculous True History of Nomi Ali, set in the British penal colony of the Andaman Islands during WW2, was released as a lead title in Spring 2019 in India.

Books

  • The Story of Noble Rot (Penguin India 2001)
  • Trespassing (Metropolitan/Henry Holt 2004)
  • The Geometry of God (Clockroot/Interlink 2009),
  • Thinner Than Skin Clockroot/Interlink 2012),
  • The Miraculous True History of Nomi Ali (Context/Westland 2019)

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