Life on the Farm

Daniyal Mueenuddin's stories offer a view of Pakistan from the inside out

David Johnson for TIME

Mueenuddin's fiction blends his American and Pakistani backgrounds.

Writers aren't famous for getting up early, but Daniyal Mueenuddin, author of the debut story collection In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (Norton; 247 pages), keeps farmers' hours. Literally. "I crawl out of bed about 6 and have some tea," he says, "and immediately I meet my managers"--that is, the managers of his small farm in rural Pakistan. "Then they go off and do their thing, and I write until 2." The rest of the afternoon he spends either out on the land or going through the finances. "I tend to soft-play the accounts and spend more time walking around. It should...

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