About this book
This is the debut novel from Hamid, published by Penguin in the wake of the success of "The Reluctant Fundamentalist". It offers fresh perspective and unique insight into the lifestyle of the young Pakistani elite in the late 90s.
In Lahore, Daru Shezad is a junior banker with a hashish habit. When his old friend Ozi moves back to Pakistan, Daru wants to be happy for him. Ozi has everything: a beautiful wife and child, an expensive foreign education - and a corrupt father who bankrolls his lavish lifestyle. As jealousy sets in, Daru's life slowly unravels. He loses his job.