About Tehmina Khan

Tehmina was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and holds degrees from Kinnaird College, Lahore, and Faculté des Sciences Humaines et Sociales de Tunis. She has her home in Toronto, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a dog, Luna, and is currently working on a novel.

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From the publisher:

Accomplished, sensitive, and often disturbing, these stories take us into the lives of modern Pakistanis–privileged and poor, gay, trans, and straight, men and women, in Karachi and Toronto. “Whisperings of the Devil” takes us into the mind of a mistreated maidservant’s boy who gets seduced into the role of a suicide bomber. In “To Allah We Pray,” two privileged and educated young men, one of them home from Toronto, gallivant through the streets of Karachi, finally walking into a doomed mosque. “Things She Could Never Have” is a love story about two young trans women living in Karachi. “Born on the First of July” opens the door into the home of a Toronto girl who has left to join ISIS and the devastated family she leaves behind. “The First” will astonish many readers by its depiction of sexual encounters of young college girls in Pakistan. These and other stories link us into the complexities of a sometimes troubled and often misrepresented Muslim society.


“Charmingly modern language surrounds readers, soaking them in the culture of [Khan’s] world while demonstrating the subtleties of an often-misrepresented Muslim society.”

World Literature Today

“The reason I wanted more is because of what Khan does well: offering a kaleidoscopic view of those so often rendered invisible.”

The Globe and Mail

“Sometimes the worlds meet and mesh. Sometimes they collide violently. And sometimes they pass with only a glancing touch. But Khan’s stories are always richer for bringing them together. And this promising collection’s juxtapositions will reward any reader who spends time with them.”

The Temz Review