Vividly narrated and full of funny yet complex dilemmas, The Story of Noble Rot explores the power of imagination and the grip it exerts on our lives, even over our pasts, despite our best efforts to bend it to our will.
While Malika’s young son Momin is wasting his life away at a carpet factory, the imperious Mrs. Masood has a problem of her own. She’s been getting into her husband’s wine stash, with alarming results. Her factory-owning husband is not amused, but then the marriage has hardle been a source of joy for many years.
When Malika makes an unexpected discovery connecting Mrs. Masood’s weakness with her son’s stultifying employment, she hatches an unlikely plot, involving blackmail, supernatural creatures, and wine. Unknown to both women, the moment marks the beginning of a relationship that is to change their lives for ever.
Some press reviews of The Story of Noble Rot –
“An amusing, shocking, haunting novel…first rate” – The Tribune, Chandigarh
“Khan writes lively, readable prose, and if you were setting forth on a journey, this pleasantly quirky book, which is not without its own brand of humour, would certainly prove to be an engaging companion.” – The Indian Review of Books
“One just can’t get enough” – Indian Express
“Khan is creating a tradition and style of her own.” – Nilanjana Roy, Outlook
Uzma Aslam Khan was born in Lahore and grew up in Karachi. She is the author of Trespassing, which was translated into thirteen languages and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize Eurasia, and of The Geometry of God. The Story of Noble Rot is her first novel.
Uzma Aslam Khan
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