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“A novel unafraid to explore the contradictions of modern Pakistan with a wry, satirical bent, yet full of earnest love for its captivating protagonist." —The Boston Globe
“Raw and alive. . . . A savage chronicle somehow hilarious, a love story entrancingly doomed, and an acerbic free-of-cliché portrait of Pakistan’s largest city.”—Newsweek
"Utterly fearless. . . . Frequently dazzling. . . . [Told] with a frenzied sense of humor and genuine humanity."--The Wall Street Journal
"A deft, evil little novel of comic genius . . . belly-laugh-inducing. . . . But of course, there's something deadly serious at work too."—The New York Times Book Review
"Rambunctious, vulgar, funny and moving . . . wields enormous emotional punch." -Time
"Our Lady of Alice Bhatti imbues all its moments with unsparing warmth and almost unbearable pathos." --Bookforum
"In this amusing novel, Hanif renders the intricacies and limitations of Pakistan's lowest rungs with humor and candor, allowing as little pity for his characters as they allow themselves." --Publishers Weekly
"A brisk, biting narrative, entirely shorn of sentimentality and exoticism, and fuelled by an anger born of deep compassion." --The New Republic
"Laced with humor, often ribald and iconoclastic, this is an insightful tale of pain and love, a story of a quest for humanity and grace in a desperate, chaotic society." -Kirkus
"A comedy for those who think, a tragedy for those who feel... Hanif does Karachi better than Rushdie does Bombay. . . . Relentlessly readable, compulsively so as it surges towards its apocalyptic conclusion." --The Guardian
"Distressing, illuminating and often funny... In this bold, uncompromising novel, Hanif draws a compassionate and despairing portrait of a nation in bedlam." -The Financial Times
"One of the subcontinent's most compelling talents.... Hanif finds the humanity in the most flawed of his protagonists and, in some unfathomable way, ends up affirming it."--The Scotsman