Summer Reading


Out of darkness comes light, or sometimes more darkness. That may be Mohammed Hanif’s message in A Case of Exploding Mangoes (Vintage, $15, 336 pp.). Hanif, a graduate of the Pakistan Air Force Academy, imagines the final days of General Mohammed Zia ul-Haq before that dictator’s death in a mysterious plane crash. Zia, seen here as a paranoid buffoon...

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About the Author

Valerie Sayers, chair of the English Department at Notre Dame, is the author of six novels, including The Powers.