Bina Shah was born in Pakistan and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Karachi. She graduated in Psychology, did her Masters in Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and is a fellow of the University of Iowa.
She is the author of four novels and two collections of short stories. Her fifth novel, Slum Child was a bestseller in Italy with Newton Compton under the title La Bambina Che Non Poteva Sognare and in Spanish with RH.
She writes for the New York Times, the Guardian, Independent, Herald Tribune, Granta.com, Wasafiri, Dawn and the Express Tribune.
Her humorous writing, political satire, and clear-eyed view of social issues have earned her critical praise and a devoted following amongst Pakistanis all over the world. She lives in Karachi.