On Sale: August 7, 2018
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In modern, beautiful Green City, the capital of Southwest
Asia, gender selection, war, and disease have brought the
ratio of men to women to alarmingly low levels. The
government uses terror and technology to control its people,
and now females must take multiple husbands to have children
as quickly as possible.
Yet there are some who resist, women who live in an
underground collective and refuse to be part of the system.
Secretly protected by the highest echelons of power, they
emerge only at night to provide the rich and elite of Green
City a type of commodity no one can buy: intimacy without
sex. As it turns out, not even the most influential men can
shield them from discovery and the dangers of ruthless
This dystopian novel from one of Pakistan’s most talented
writers is a modern-day parable, The Handmaid’s Tale for
repressed women in Muslim countries everywhere. Before She
Sleeps takes the patriarchal practices of female seclusion
and veiling, gender selection, and control over women’s
bodies, amplifying and distorting them in a truly terrifying
way to imagine a world of post-religious authoritarianism.
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