Ep. 125: Kamila Shamsie on Capturing the Complexities of Lifelong Friendship

This week my guest is Kamila Shamsie, author of Best of Friends, a moving and surprising story of a lifelong friendship and the forces that bring it to the breaking point. We discussed how to tap into your teenage years, the magic of 2am writing, creating unforgettable characters, and much more.



“A profound novel about friendship. I loved it to pieces.” —Madeline Miller



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About the Author:

Kamila Shamsie is the author of several previous novels, most recently Home Fire, which won the Women’s Prize for Fiction, was longlisted for the Booker Prize, and was a finalist for the International Dublin Literary Award, the Costa Novel Award, and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, among other honors. She was raised in Karachi and lives in London. Learn more here.


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Happy Reading and Listening,

Laura Szaro Kopinski


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One thought on “Ep. 125: Kamila Shamsie on Capturing the Complexities of Lifelong Friendship

  1. Hey Laura! I got a new phone and lost your phone number! I’m doing a race in Newberyport in December – it’s running and then a wine tasting at the end. I think Rachael is going to do it too. (Adilie and Hollis ended up in the same class this year!) Text me and I will pass on the info! Hope all is well! – KC

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