Mira Sethi’s debut book, a collection of short stories, has been longlisted for The Story Prize, an annual award that honours the author of an outstanding collection of short fiction with a $20,000 cash award. She broke the good news on twitter: “A moment of gratitude amid despairing news from the world. ARE YOU ENJOYING longlisted for The Story Prize?” Her book brings Pakistan to life in a vivid, unusual way. These are stories about the intersection of identity, sexuality, power and desire: an actress on the set of her first major TV show, a strong matriarch navigating politics in a conservative setting, an illicit love affair between a woman and a much-older man, two friends who agree to marry in order to keep their sexualities a secret. In each story, Sethi peels away layers to reveal young Pakistanis navigating love and longing – their conflicting desires and obligations – against the backdrop of contemporary Pakistan. It is a proud moment for Mira and for Pakistan for her book to be longlisted for The Story Prize. Mira Sethi is an actor and a writer. She grew up in Lahore and attended Wellesley College, after which Sethi worked as a books editor at The Wall Street Journal. She has written op-ed pieces for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian. Sethi regularly appears in mainstream Pakistani drama series on television. She lives in Karachi.