Published by: Bloomsbury India [print & digital] 2017, Bloomsbury UK [print & digital] 2018, Bloomsbury USA [digital] 2018
ISBN: 9789386950260 ASIN:B077XB55H4
Heiress and society doyenne Kamila Mughal is humiliated when her brother’s best friend snubs her to marry a social climbing nobody from Islamabad. Jameela Baig’s cold, unenterprising husband hasn’t planned for the future and all she can think about is how to find suitable husbands for her daughters. Roya Khalil discovers that her fiancé has been cheating on her and ends up on a blind date in Surrey on her wedding day. Beautiful young widow Begum Saira Qadir has mourned her late husband but feels she may finally be ready to start following her own desires. Emaan navigates post-divorce singlehood in cosmopolitan Karachi, Samina confronts her inner demons in metropolitan Lahore, and Maya fears her marriage to her English diplomat husband has gone cold.
Inspired by Jane Austen and set in contemporary Pakistan, Austenistan is a collection of romantic, uplifting, witty and sometimes heart-breaking love stories which pay homage to the queen of wit and romance. Comprising seven stories inspired by Austen’s novels and largely set in contemporary Pakistan, Austenistan is an amusing, sometimes savage and sometimes moving look at love, loss and second chances in the upper echelons of a society which very closely echoes Regency England. The writers—Nida Elley, Saniyya Gauhar, Mahlia S Lone, Mishayl Naek, Sonya Rehman, Laaleen Sukhera, and Gayathri Warnasuriya—are professionals from the media, academics, finance, law, and science, and are members of the Jane Austen Society of Pakistan (JASP), whose founder, Laaleen Sukhera, is editor of this collection, along with a foreword provided by Caroline Jane Knight, Jane Austen’s fifth great-niece.