Novelist Tahmima Anam reads from her novel, “The Startup Wife” and appears in conversation with Shahina Piyarali
Co-presented with Elliott Bay Book Company
A novelist who has garnered praise and awards for her first three novels, all set around and amidst the turmoil, trauma, and transition coming from Bangladesh’s creation as a country, Dhaka-born Tahmima Anam virtually joins us from her present home in London to read from and discuss her very different new novel, The Startup Wife (Scribner). When we say ‘different’ we mean story and plot, not the quality of writing. If anything, Tahmima Anam’s writing genius is even more evident here, in a novel that has a seriousness about meaning, purpose, and love central to things, but also has some of the most wicked, scathing, brilliant wit we have seen anywhere in some time. The startup world of tech companies do lend themselves to that – and Tahmima Anam does not disappoint. “This scathing and brutally funny novel skewers startup culture and workaholism with the perfect story for our precarious moment. Tahmima Anam has written an absolute page-turner full of heart, wit, and insight about obsession, how we treat others, and when we stand up for ourselves. A revealing depiction of ways people gain power through work—and lose it.”—V.V. Ganeshananthan. “Fresh, funny, brave, savage, smart. Tahmima Anam hits every note perfectly in this novel about our new reality and the age-old problems of men and women that no app can fix.”—Kamila Shamsie. Tahmima Anam’s earlier novels are A Golden Age, The Good Muslim, and The Bones of Grace.
Joining Tahmima Anam in conversation will be Tasveer’s board member Shahina Piyarali, a contributing writer to Shelf Awareness, and presently on the board of Graywolf Press and Hugo House.