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American Dervish A Novel (Hardcover)

Author:  Ayad Akhtar
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0316183318
ISBN-13: 9780316183314
Sku: 220509218
Publish Date: 1/1/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.25L x 1.25T
Pages:  357
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Hayat Shah was captivated by Mina long before he met her: his mother''s beautiful, brilliant, and soulfully devout friend is a family legend. When he learns that Mina is leaving Pakistan to live with the Shahs in America, Hayat is thrilled. Hayat''s father is less enthusiastic. He left the fundamentalist world behind with reason. What no one expects is that when Mina shows Hayat the beauty and power of the Quran, it will utterly transform the boy.
Ayad Akhtar's debut novel portrays a Pakistani-American family living in the midwest in the 1980s. At the center of Akhtar's narrative is Hayat Shah, the teenage son of a staunchly secular father and a frustrated mother. When Hayat's mother's best friend, Mina, relocates from Pakistan to Milwaukee, things begin to change for the boy. Mina, whose husband recently divorced her for being too outspoken, is an open-minded and spiritual Muslim, who shares the Koran with Hayat. As he learns more about the faith, he also develops unreciprocated romantic feelings for Mina, which backfire with disastrous consequences when she falls in love his father's Jewish best friend, Nathan. AMERICAN DERVISH's portrait of a flawed but beautiful American family confronts religious hypocrisy as it tells a moving coming-of-age story.


"This is a book that yearns to bridge cultural divides and build understanding, and Akhtar tells a rich and heartbreaking story about the limits of religion and the hazards of love." - David Daley 02/05/2012

"[The characters] are convincing creatures, all too real in their anger and misery." 03/05/2012

"Akhtar jimmies open a door to secrets long kept - about the ecstasy and the sometimes cataclysm of fervor, about the abuses that come at the hands of misconstrued doctrines, about the acidic aftermath of prejudice of any kind." - Beth Kephart 01/20/2012

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0357
Product attributePublisher:   Little Brown and Company
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