Ripped directly from Mohsin Hamid's website, "About sex, drugs, and class conflict in 1990s urban Pakistan. Asks the reader to judge the trial of an ex-banker and heroin addict who has fallen for his best friend's wife." Hamid has only written two novels. I'm impatiently waiting for the third.
The Flea Palace by Elif Shafak - The Flea Palace is a marvellously rich novel that conveys the intensity, splendour and diversity of the great city of Istanbul through the microcosm of one apartment building, Bonbon Palace, and the lives of its inhabitants. At the beginning of the book, we see Bonbon Palace through the eyes of an outsider, the wonderfully named Injustice Pureturk, a pest controller on his way there to do a job.