Akhtar, Ayad

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Homeland Elegies

The personal is political in this beautiful, intense elegy for an America that often goes awry while still offering hope. [See Prepub Alert, 2/24/20.]

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American Dervish

Through Hayat's struggles to find a stable religious identity against the cultural backdrop of a pluralistic society pre-9/11, first-generation Pakistani American Akhtar shows that multiple factors, including social marginality, complicate the Muslim American experience. Readers who enjoyed Leila Aboulela's The Translator will enjoy this work. [See Prepub Alert, 7/10/11.]—Joshua Finnell, Denison Univ. Lib., Granville, OH

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