Samina Ali

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Samina Ali is an Indian-American author. Her debut novel was Madras on Rainy Days.


Ali was born in Hyderabad, India, and emigrated with her parents to America when she was six months old. She spent half of each year in India, where she attended school. In 1993 she graduated Summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in English. She received an M.F.A. from the University of Oregon. She lives in San Francisco with her son, and is working on her second novel.

Literary career[edit]

Madras on Rainy Days was awarded the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger award in 2005,[1] and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award in fiction.


"Madras on Rainy Days" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2004 ISBN 9780374195625)