A Bangladeshi writer and journalist, she is best known for her debut work, A Golden Age, which won the 2008 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Her 2011 work, The Good Muslim, was a finalist for the Man Asian Literary Prize.
After receiving a PhD in anthropology from Harvard University, she earned a master's degree in creative writing from Royal Holloway, University of London.
Her acclaimed novel, A Golden Age, is set during the Bangladesh Liberation War.
She is the granddaughter of politician and writer Abul Mansur Ahmed. She married Roland O. Lamb in 2010.
Her father, Mahfuz Anam, published and edited The Daily Star, a Bangladeshi newspaper printed in English.