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American Dervish

American Dervish

THE EXPLOSIVE NOVEL FROM PULITZER PRIZE WINNER AYAD AKHTAR

‘Terrific’ The Times
‘Extraordinary’ Sunday Express
‘A great American story’ Metro

HOW OFTEN DOES SOMEONE YOU MEET TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE?

Hayat Shah was captivated by Mina long before he met her: his mother’s beautiful, brilliant 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. Ever wary of fundamentalism, he doesn’t relish the idea of Mina’s fervid devotion under his roof.

What no one expects is that when Mina shows Hayat the beauty of the Quran, it will utterly transform him.

Mina’s real magic may be that the Shah household becomes a happy one. But when Mina catches the eye of a Jewish doctor and family friend, Hayat’s jealousy is inflamed by the community’s anti-Semitism – and he acts with catastrophic consequences for those he loves most.

AN EXPLOSIVE BOOK ABOUT FAITH AND BELONGING.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 3rd January 2013

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781780220710

Reviews

American Dervish is about the collision of cultures, identity and religion in 1980s America.
BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH
There are themes here reminiscent of The Go-Between by L.P.Hartley and Ian McEwan's more recent Atonement, of a life scarred by chame at a childish act that has catastrophic consequences in adult life.
TLS
Ayad Akhtar's first novel is deftly plotted, with a frame narrative that shows how Hayat's sense of shame pursues him into adulthood. There are shades of Ian McEwan's Atonement, but Akhtar's writing has a crisp, imagistic quality all its own.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
his dialogue is free-flowing and natural, and he has a good eye for small visual details within a scene that colour the mood of the action around them.
Alan Morrison, THE HERALD
Both extremists and the ambivalent are accorded even-handed coverage and the characterisation is strong
Catherine Taylor, THE GUARDIAN
A terrific first novel, warm and wise.
Kate Saunders, THE TIMES
this book is prescient and timely in both recognising and dramatically exploring this increasingly unbreachable social divide.
ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS
a pleasing read
THE SUNDAY BUSINESS POST
American Dervish is an extraordinary novel and one you certainly won't regret reading
Roddy Ashworth, SUNDAY EXPRESS
Akhtar proves the capacity of the great American stories to be endlessly renewed by each generation of writers
Claire Allfree, METRO