House Number 12 Block Number 3

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Pub Date 26 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 01 Dec 2021
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Karachi, Pakistan (20th century) – Nadia has changed. She has been waking up in the middle of the night in fits of anxiety, avoiding her friends and family, and skipping her university classes. With the recent death of her father, Haji Rahmat, Nadia’s condition has further spiraled. There is no acceptable diagnosis for her behavior, and speculations abound: she may have a rare disease, she may be possessed by a jinn, or perhaps she is inclined to madness. Whatever the cause of this mysterious affliction, Zainab, Nadia’s mother, is at pains to keep it hidden from the community at large; she is worried Nadia will be labeled as mad, and she knows all too well the taboos that mental illness brings with it.

While the country tethers on political unrest, and Nadia seems to get worse by the day, the family searches desperately for the cause of, and the cure for their daughter’s mysterious malady.

House Number 12 Block Number 3, the home that has sheltered the Rahmat family for decades, narrates and recollects past events, trying to absolve itself of the burden it feels of being privy to the real reason for Nadia’s turmoil, but not being able to do anything about it.

Karachi, Pakistan (20th century) – Nadia has changed. She has been waking up in the middle of the night in fits of anxiety, avoiding her friends and family, and skipping her university classes. With...


A Note From the Publisher

cover design: Kristen Carrico

9781735414584 ebook

cover design: Kristen Carrico

9781735414584 ebook


Advance Praise

House Number 12 Block Number 3 is an original, heart-wrenching story of life, love, and tragedy in Karachi during times of turmoil and change. Brilliantly told through the eyes of the house that has sheltered the Rahmat family for decades, Sana Balagamwala’s language is rich in texture, lyrical and nuanced in scope, as she explores gender roles, social status, and political upheaval against the backdrop of a young girl’s pain. House Number 12 Block Number 3 shines a light on both the personal and political, and reveals how a country at war reflects a young girl’s madness, and neither will rest peacefully until both have been redeemed.”
- Deborah Reed, author of Things We Set on Fire

House Number 12 Block Number 3 is an original, heart-wrenching story of life, love, and tragedy in Karachi during times of turmoil and change. Brilliantly told through the eyes of the house that has...


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This is such a beautiful book, it is beautifully written and I loved every second of it. Honestly one of the best books I have read this year

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