"The Black-Marketer's Daughter is a key-hole look at a few
things: a mismatched marriage, the plight of immigrants in the
U.S., the emotional toll of culture shock, and the brutal way
Muslim women are treated, especially by men within their own
community. Titling it-defining the heroine by her relationship to a
man rather than as a woman in her own right-suggests how deeply
ingrained that inequality can be."
"Mallick offers an impressively realistic depiction of a woman caught between tradition, family, and her own sense of empowerment."
"A powerful debut, sure-footed and tender. Mallick takes us on a journey that deftly slips in and out of disparate expectations, cultures, and desires, showing us the spaces in between. A gorgeously written book with a protagonist I'll never forget."
Lily Brooks-Dalton, author of Good Morning, Midnight and Motorcycles I've Loved "The Black-Marketer's Daughter is the portrait of a woman who endures violence, intimidation, xenophobia and grief, and yet refuses to be called a victim. In this slender novel, Suman Mallick deftly navigates the funhouse maze of immigrant life in contemporary America-around each corner the possibility of a delight, a terror, or a distorted reflection of oneself." Matthew Valentine, Winner, Montana Prize for Fiction; Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin"This story reminds us that our lives spring from cultural traditions we must either escape or embrace. With rich language and a keen eye for the details of a small enclave in North Texas, Suman Mallick reveals a complex world hidden within American society." Andrew Mitin, author of Time Spent Away
"In The Black-Marketer's Daughter, Suman Mallick explores the myriad systems by which this world further entraps victims of violence--the law, the mosque, the marriage--and offers us a way through."
Matthew Robinson, author of The Horse Latitudes