In this richly textured debut, Fayeza Hasanat details the suffering and marginalization in Bangladeshi society, both in Bangladesh and in the US. The Bird Catcher and Other Stories contains multi-layered stories dealing with sexism, racism, xenophobia, and the struggles of forging a new identity from a multitude of cultural influences. These are not popcorn pieces: Hasanat’s words strike deep emotional blows. Just as her readers are rooting for a character’s happiness, Hasanat crashes the world of the story in devastating ways. But the collection is not without levity, and it’s these small moments of triumph that pull readers through to the last page.