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Shaila Abdullah

About Me:

I am a Pakistani-American author and designer based in Austin, Texas. Saffron Dreams, my latest novel is about the struggles of a 9/11 Muslim widow. See

My debut book, Beyond the Cayenne Wall, is an award-winning collection of stories about Pakistani women struggling to find their individualities despite the barriers imposed by society. Among other accolades, the book won the Norumbega Jury Prize for outstanding Fiction and the DIY Festival Award. I also received a grant from the Hobson Foundation for Saffron Dreams.

Exhibit change by:

Change comes from within an individual. We are all evolving, growing. I see it in my own work.

I'm passionate about:

My creative writing focuses on the strengths and weaknesses of Pakistani women and their often unconventional choices in life. It also deals with the Asian experience in America, the conflict between the two worlds and the culture of my adopted country.