The stories in this collection have been written over a period of twenty-five years and include both published and new writings. The earliest of the stories A Study in Black and White and The Interview, date from the 70s; The Dance was a prizewinner in the first Asiaweek Short Story Competition in 1981. Zaman’s characters range from ordinary housewives to domestic servants, from unwanted daughters to eccentric artists. Mostly told by the women who form the focus of these stories, the stories� like most good short stories– suggest more than they reveal. Weaving fact and fiction, Zaman provides a glimpse into social attitudes and customs, traditions and changes that mark and mould women’s lives in Bangladesh.
Niaz Zaman has edited several anthologies, including Selected Stories from Bangladesh, 1971 and After, The Escape and Other Stories. Her study of the Partition, A Divided Legacy: The Partition in Selected Novels of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, won the Atwar Hussain Award of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh and the National Archives Award. She was consulting editor, Arts and Humanities for Banglapedia and editor of the Bangladesh Journal of American Studies.