Desert Sand Dunes


Set in the six months preceding the first Gulf War, following a young woman toiling away as a guest worker in 1990s Dubai, who must face the absurdities and challenges arising from what threatens to be the next world war and gamble on herself to turn the impending global conflict into the opportunity of a lifetime. Pitched as American Spy meets HBO's White Lotus. From Unnamed Press in May 2023


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The New York Times
"Ms. Malik cleverly complicates the traditional

rags-to-riches story."

The San Francisco Chronicle

" impressive feat of storytelling..."

A Publishers Weekly starred review

"...boasts masterful storytelling, with mesmerizing prose, heart-stopping action, and startling turns of events that feel both honest and astounding."

A Booklist starred review
"Malik’s first novel is an absorbing bildungsroman, a lovely multifaceted tribute to the enduring bonds of family, love or otherwise."

The Dallas Morning News
"She writes with precision and passion, her characters riding a wave of suspense and emotion."