American Dervish

By Ayad Akhtar
(Back Bay Books, Paperback, 9780316223911)

Publication Date: January 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Paperback, Hardcover, Hardcover, Compact Disc, Compact Disc

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '12 Reading Group List
“At its simplest American Dervish is a coming-of-age story. At its most complex, it is a story of religious faith, marital strife, human nature, love, envy, sexual awakening, betrayal, and racism. It is impossible to leave Akhtar's exceptional debut novel without experiencing the struggles and pain of young Hayat as he comes to terms with both his Muslim faith and his humanity.”
-- Lynn Riggs, Books & Company, Oconomowoc, WI
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the January 2012 Indie Next List


Description
This is an intimate, personal first novel that looks at the interplay of religion and modern life Akhtar was raised in the Midwest, and through his characters, he shows readers vividly the powerful forces at work on young men and women growing up Muslim in America.



NPR
Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012

Ayad Akhtar's debut novel, American Dervish, tells the story of a Pakistani-American boy in Milwaukee coming to terms with his religion and identity. Akhtar drew on his own experiences exploring the Muslim faith as a teenager growing up in Wisconsin. More at NPR.org

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