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LISTENING TO PAKISTAN: A Woman's Voice in a Veiled Land by Denise B. Dailey is an analytical travel journal in the tradition of Alexis de Tocqueville – an account that brings the author’s rich background to bear in interpreting a volatile nation that will almost certainly continue to be a decisive geopolitical player in years to come.

Shortly after publication, Dailey's account rose to the #1 bestseller position for all Amazon books on travel in Pakistan and also reached bestseller status among e-books on women's studies and travel in Asia.

LISTENING TO PAKISTAN: A Woman's Voice in a Veiled Land by Denise B. DaileyFar from being a detached report about a faraway place, LISTENING TO PAKISTAN will make you a vicarious participant in Denise’s narrative as you witness a funeral cortege in a mountainous village, sing at a tribal polo match, enter philosophic musings with a tailor in his shop in far-off Skardu, discuss litotes with a desk clerk, puff round mountain passes at 15,000 feet, and understand firsthand what an earthquake recovery site entails. You’ll ride with her on the famed Karakoram Highway, grasping your seat as you skid along loose rocks and stare incredulously into craggy canyons and raging rivers hundreds of feet below.

You’ll join Denise in approaching wary border guards at the Khyber Pass – and in heeding a warning that your tall husband may be mistaken for Osama bin Laden. In rich language, Denise will share with you her tastes for local cuisine, Gandharan art and archeology, and in ethnic dress. Her arresting photographs of the people and places that populate her narrative complete her picture of remote Pakistan.

Readers are sure to come away with a much deeper understanding of how one exotic nation can simultaneously be a land of lovable children and of oppressed and silent women; of idyllic gardens contrasted with lurking physical and political dangers; of stunning, snow-covered mountain ranges that can please or kill; and of the enigmas surrounding the ultimate archterrorist, Osama bin Laden. If you want to understand Pakistan and its likely impact on our own future, as well heed the keenly noted inequality of women’s voices, LISTENING TO PAKISTAN is the book for you.


Denise B. Dailey grew up in Brazil, the daughter of a French father and a Chilean-French mother. She moved to Montreal when she was thirteen and received a BS from McGill University and an MFA in writing from Columbia University.

Fluent in five languages, Denise spent much of her adult life teaching in public and private schools in the New York City area. But perhaps her most intriguing professional and personal achievement has been her ability to translate her incredibly broad travel background into teaching moments for those who will never see the ice fields of Antarctica, the most remote villages of the Amazon– or the turmoil of modern-day Pakistan. In particular, her skill in identifying and evaluating the role of women in far-flung venues gives her a platform as a travel writer and observer that even a Tocqueville, Twain or James might not be able to match.

With her husband and three children, Denise has traveled the seven continents, and kept extensive journals on each of her trips. Many of these were published in the 1980s and inform her short stories and fables. She has finished her memoir, My Mother’s Voice, about her life as a child in Brazil during the Second World War.


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