Of all the countries in all the world, Pakistan generates the hottest headlines lately.
North Korea comes close, with its nukes. But Pakistan has nukes, plus Al Qaeda, plus the Taliban, plus near civil war, plus drones, plus a hot American war in Afghanistan right next door.
Debut novelist Ali Sethi is Pakistani and 24, an American-educated son of Lahore, son of prominent Pakistani journalist parents, now looking to make sense of the cultural roots of his own country’s trials. His new book is “The Wish Maker.”
This hour, On Point: The life behind the headlines out of Pakistan, with novelist Ali Sethi.
Ali Sethi joins us from New York. He grew up in Pakistan, the son of prominent Pakistani journalists, and went to college in the United States. He currently lives in Lahore. His work has been published in The Nation and The New York Times. His debut novel, out yesterday, is “The Wish Maker.”
Here’s a video in which Ali speaks about the book: