City of Spies, by Sorayya Khan - cover image

“Sorayya Khan’s rich and compelling novel is a gem.”
Claire Messud, author of The Burning Girl and The Emperor’s Children
“This delicate political novel evokes the sights and smells of the Pakistan of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and General Zia. We are inside the head of a child spying on her past. I read CITY OF SPIES as the story of another school-girl in Pakistan, a different Malala. This Malala unmasks a whole new landscape of feeling.”
Amitava Kumar, author of A Time Outside This Time and Immigrant, Montana

Eleven-year-old Aliya Shah lives a double life in Islamabad, Pakistan-at home with her Pakistani father and Dutch mother, and at the American School, where Aliya tries to downplay that she is a “half-and-half.”  But when a hit-and-run driver kills the son of the family’s servant, Sadiq, who is also Aliya’s dear friend, her world is turned upside down.  After she discovers the truth behind the tragedy-a terrible secret that burdens her heart-her conflicted loyalties are tested as never before.