Duty Free by Moni Mohsin
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Jane Austen's Emma, transported to the outrageous social melee of 21st-century Lahore.

Our plucky heroine's cousin, Jonkers, has been dumped by his low-class, slutty secretary, and our heroine has been charged with finding him a suitable wife -- a rich, fair, beautiful, old-family type. Quickly. But, between you, me and the four walls, who wants to marry poor, plain, hapless Jonkers?

As our heroine social-climbs her way through weddings-sheddings, GTs (get togethers, of course) and ladies' lunches trying to find a suitable girl from the right bagground, she discovers to her dismay that her cousin has his own ideas about his perfect mate. And secretly, she may even agree.

Full of wit and wickedness and as clever as its heroine is clueless, Duty Free is a delightful romp through Pakistani high society -- though, even as it makes you cry with laughter, it makes you wince at the gulf between our heroine's glitteringly shallow life and the country that is falling apart, day by day, around her Louboutin-clad feet. Moni Mohsin, already a huge bestseller in India, has been hailed as a modern-day Jane Austen, and compared to Nancy Mitford and Helen Fielding. Duty Free is social satire at its biting best.

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About Moni Mohsin

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Moni Mohsin is the author of the Indian bestseller The Diary of a Social Butterfly and the award-winning The End of Innocence. Born in Pakistan, she currently lives in London. Duty Free is her American debut.
Published September 6, 2011 by Broadway Books. 258 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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She has “a big house, servants, social life, status, cars, cupboards full of designer joras and jewellery, and so on and so fourth.” If only the “beardo-weirdos” would quit setting off bombs and threatening girls’ schools, she could seriously enjoy shopping and hanging out with her equally status...

Aug 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Duty Free: A Novel

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The lady of the house is a social-climbing shopaholic, yapping yenta, and mistress of malapropism, but her hilarious and unsettling story unfolds not in Manhattan but in Lahore, Pakistan—a land of Taliban "beardo-weirdos," shifting social mores, and a growing middle class.

May 30 2011 | Read Full Review of Duty Free: A Novel

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