NOVELS

Gemini Wahhaj is the author of the novel The Children of this Madness (7.13 Books, Fall 2023) and the short-story collection Katy Family (Jackleg Press, Spring 2025).

In The Children of this Madness, Gemini Wahhaj pens a complex tale of modern Bengalis, one that illuminates the recent histories not only of Bangladesh, but America and Iraq. Told in multiple voices over successive eras, this is the story of Nasir Uddin and his daughter Beena, and the intersection of their distant, vastly different lives.

As the US war in Iraq plays out a world away, and Beena struggles to belong to Houston’s tony Bengali American community—many of whom serve the same corporate masters she sees destroying Iraq—recently widowed engineering professor Nasir Uddin journeys to America not only to see Beena and her new husband but the many former students who make up the immigrant community Beena has come to view with ambivalence. With subtlety, grace, and love, Wahhaj dramatizes this mingling of generations and cultures, and the search for an ever-elusive home that define the Bengali American experience.

SHORT STORIES

  • Granta – “Wheels of Progress”: Issue 99, Fall 2007, pp. 213-223.
  • The Carolina Quarterly – “Rental Car”: Issue 63.1, Spring 2013, pp125.
  • Chattahoochee Review – “Marker”: Vol. 35.2-3, Fall/Winter 2015.
  • Apogee – First Snow”: Issue 6, December 2015.
  • Silk Road – “Mita”: Issue 14, 2015.
  • Chicago Quarterly Review – “Katy Family”: Issue 36, November 10, 2022.
  • Northwest Review – “Exit”: Volume 44(2) Spring 2006, pp. 44-51.
  • Zone 3 – “Bibek”: Fall 2021.
  • Cimarron Review – “Funny-looking People”: Issue 164, Summer 2008, pp. 18-29.
  • Crab Orchard Review – “Voices”: Volume 14, Number 2, Summer/Fall 2009, pp.139-150.
  • Night Train – “How to Break an Iraqi”: Issue VI, Spring 2006, pp. 74-81.
  • Cleaver – Urgent”: Issue 38, June 2022.
  • Concho River Review – “The American Cousin”: Spring/Summer 2022.
  • Scoundrel Time – The English Teacher”: 6/22/2022.
  • Arkansas Review – “Nature”: Vol. 53, Number 1, Spring/April 2022.
  • Hypertext Magazine – “Dreams and Memories” : Spring/Summer 2022.
  • Change Seven – Meghalaya”: Summer 2022.
  • Brooklyn Review – Cigarette”: Fall 2022.
  • Superpresent – “Confetti”: Volume 2, Issue 2, Spring 2022.
  • Raven’s Perch – The Car Incident”: Feb 28, 2022.
  • Eleven Eleven – “Crossing the Border”: Volume III, 2006, pp. 106-109.
  • India Currents – “For My Baby Who Will Walk in Another Country”: September 2004.
  • Potpourri – “The Listener”: Summer 1993 Fiction Edition.
  • Press 53 – The Lady Doctor”; Issue 233, JAN-APR 2023.
  • Third Coast – “Gracious”; in Third Coast Issue 54, fall/winter 2023 issue of Third Coast.
  • Pleiades – “Three Sisters” in Pleiades. Featured story, April 19, 2023, online exclusives.
  • Valley Voices – “Next Door”, in issue 22.2
  • Allium – “The Frame” 
  • Bridge Eight – Forthcoming

ANTHOLOGIES

  • “The Girl Next Door” in Exotic Gothic 5 Volume I, with writing by Joyce Carol Oates.
  • Borderlines Volume III, Published by Voices Breaking Boundaries.
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