|Zuleikha’s Dream and Other Stories
ISBN 984 05 1637 X 2002 122pp 215x136mm HB Tk.175.00 US$20.00
As a diamond has many facets, so does a woman. She is daughter, wife, mother, nurse, bread-earner, crisis manager, and the centre without which things fall apart. She devotes her life to her family and seldom gets the time or opportunity to find herself or to be herself.
This anthology of short stories is an exploration of the essence of being a woman.
The stories are located in Bangladesh but are equally applicable to countries all over the world. They induce in turn, feelings of pathos, sorrow, indignation, anger and helplessness. They take the reader to the depths of hopelessness and despair, but at the end offer a glimmer of hope for all.
Shamim Hamid has many academic publications to her name. This is her first solo publication as a fiction writer, having in the past contributed to several collections of short stories by Bangladeshi authors. A development researcher and practitioner, she enjoys reading, swimming and playing Competition Bridge.