In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, By Daniyal Mueenuddin

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This collection of loosely connected stories revolving around an ageing feudal landowner, his servants, manager and extended family was a New York Times bestseller and won numerous awards, not without good reason.

As a debut collection, it is an astonishingly mature achievement that showcases the complexity and dexterity of the art of short storytelling.

The stories are as disturbing as they are compelling, often drawing the eye to those darker corners of the mind, whether the narrator is speaking from the top of the feudal order or the bottom.