American Dervish : A Novel (Hardcover)

Author: Akhtar, Ayad

Customer Reviews   Write a Review

Be the first to review this item and earn 25 Rakuten Super Points™

Product Overview

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.


Publisher Little Brown & Co
Mfg Part# 9780316183314
SKU 220509218
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0316183318
Release Date 1/1/2012
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.25L x 1.25T
"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."
"[The characters] are convincing creatures, all too real in their anger and misery."
"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."
From the Publisher
Annotation 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.
Product Attributes
eBooks Kobo
Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0357
Publisher Little Brown and Company
Sold Out
Sorry, you missed the deal!
This product is currently not available.
Buy From Other Sellers (0)
  • Take your library with you wherever you go
  • Use the device you want to use… smartphone, desktop and many of today’s most popular eReaders


We love the Kobo eReading service… and we know you will too. We’ve partnered with them to bring you the most flexible, enjoyable eReading experience in the U.S.


You’ll be asked to sign in or create a new account with Kobo. Once you do, you’ll immediately get access to millions of titles and be ready to start eReading. Anytime. Anyplace.

continue to kobo