Kamila Shamsie


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in Karachi, Pakistan
August 13, 1973

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Kamila Shamsie was born in 1973 in Karachi, where she grew up. She has a BA in Creative Writing from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. While at the University of Massachusetts she wrote In The City By The Sea , published by Granta Books UK in 1998. This first novel was shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys Award in the UK, and Shamsie received the Prime Minister’s Award for Literature in Pakistan in 1999. Her 2000 novel Salt and Saffron led to Shamsie’s selection as one of Orange’s “21 Writers of the 21st Century.” With her third novel, Kartography , Shamsie was again shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys award in the UK. Both Kartography and her next novel, Broken Verse ...more

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Home Fire

4.06 avg rating — 47,626 ratings — published 2017 — 51 editions
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Burnt Shadows

3.92 avg rating — 6,329 ratings — published 2009 — 50 editions
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Kartography

3.89 avg rating — 3,174 ratings — published 2001 — 23 editions
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Broken Verses

3.59 avg rating — 1,903 ratings — published 2005 — 24 editions
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A God in Every Stone

3.52 avg rating — 2,045 ratings — published 2014 — 32 editions
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Salt and Saffron

3.48 avg rating — 1,608 ratings — published 2000 — 20 editions
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In the City by the Sea

3.35 avg rating — 509 ratings — published 1998 — 7 editions
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Offence: The Muslim Case

3.61 avg rating — 38 ratings — published 2009
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The Lover's Tale

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“For a second I was almost jealous of the clouds. Why was he looking to them for an escape when I was right here beside him?”
Kamila Shamsie, Kartography

“Her definition of romance was absentminded intimacy, the way someone else's hand stray to your plate of food.
I replied: no, that's just friendship; romance is always knowing exactly where that someone else's hands are. She smiled and said, there was a time I thought that way, too. But at the heart of the romance is the knowledge that those hands may wander off elsewhere, but somehow through luck or destiny or plain blind groping they'll find a way back to you, and maybe you'll be smart enough then to be grateful for everything that's still possible, in spit of your own weaknesses- and his.”
Kamila Shamsie, Kartography

“There is no mystery-- that's the beauty of it. We are entirely explicable to each other, and yet we stay. What a miracle that is.”
Kamila Shamsie, Broken Verses

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