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 six novels and two collections of short stories. Her 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. Her latest novel, Monsoon War, was published by Delphinium and HarperCollins US.
Bina Shah became a contributing opinion writer for The International New York Times in 2013. She writes a monthly column for Dawn, the largest English-language newspaper in Pakistan, and a blog, 21st Century Woman. She has contributed essays to The Guardian, The Independent, the literary magazines Granta and Wasafiri, and the journal Critical Muslim.
Her humorous writing, political satire, and clear-eyed view of social issues have earned her critical praise and a devoted following over the world. She lives in Karachi.