American Dervish: A Novel

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American Dervish: A Novel

by Ayad Akhtar

Little, Brown And Company | January 9, 2012 | Hardcover

American Dervish: A Novel is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
Hayat Shah is a young American in love for the first time. His normal life of school, baseball, and video games had previously been distinguished only by his Pakistani heritage and by the frequent chill between his parents, who fight over things he is too young to understand. Then Mina arrives, and everything changes.
Mina is Hayat''s mother''s oldest friend from Pakistan. She is independent, beautiful and intelligent, and arrives on the Shah''s doorstep when her disastrous marriage in Pakistan disintegrates. Even Hayat''s skeptical father can''t deny the liveliness and happiness that accompanies Mina into their home. Her deep spirituality brings the family''s Muslim faith to life in a way that resonates with Hayat as nothing has before. Studying the Quran by Mina''s side and basking in the glow of her attention, he feels an entirely new purpose mingled with a growing infatuation for his teacher.

When Mina meets and begins dating a man, Hayat is confused by his feelings of betrayal. His growing passions, both spiritual and romantic, force him to question all that he has come to believe is true. Just as Mina finds happiness, Hayat is compelled to act -- with devastating consequences for all those he loves most.

American Dervishis a brilliantly written, nuanced, and emotionally forceful look inside the interplay of religion and modern life. Ayad Akhtar was raised in the Midwest himself, and through Hayat Shah he shows readers vividly the powerful forces at work on young men and women growing up Muslim in America. This is an intimate, personal first novel that will stay with readers long after they turn the last page.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 480 pages, 3.84 × 2.56 × 0.59 in

Published: January 9, 2012

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316204765

ISBN - 13: 9780316204767

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great book club choice and a great read. This is a great book for a book club; so much to discuss here. A book that all new imigrants can likely relate to and one that non imigrants can find out some of the struggles of people in a new country and how their old country attitudes affect many things in their life. A must for anyone interested in humanity and their reactions to life situations.
Date published: 2012-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I really enjoyed this book. A coming of age story of a young Muslim boy whose parent's weren't religious but he develops a crush on someone who is. Born to immigrant parents he's just trying to make sense of his world.
Date published: 2012-05-12

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American Dervish: A Novel

by Ayad Akhtar

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 480 pages, 3.84 × 2.56 × 0.59 in

Published: January 9, 2012

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316204765

ISBN - 13: 9780316204767

About the Book

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.
Mina's real magic may be that the Shah household, always contentious and sad, becomes a happy one. But when Mina finds her own path to happiness, the ember of jealousy in Hayat's heart is enflamed by the community's anti-Semitism-and he acts with catastrophic consequences for those he loves most.

From the Publisher

Hayat Shah is a young American in love for the first time. His normal life of school, baseball, and video games had previously been distinguished only by his Pakistani heritage and by the frequent chill between his parents, who fight over things he is too young to understand. Then Mina arrives, and everything changes.
Mina is Hayat''s mother''s oldest friend from Pakistan. She is independent, beautiful and intelligent, and arrives on the Shah''s doorstep when her disastrous marriage in Pakistan disintegrates. Even Hayat''s skeptical father can''t deny the liveliness and happiness that accompanies Mina into their home. Her deep spirituality brings the family''s Muslim faith to life in a way that resonates with Hayat as nothing has before. Studying the Quran by Mina''s side and basking in the glow of her attention, he feels an entirely new purpose mingled with a growing infatuation for his teacher.

When Mina meets and begins dating a man, Hayat is confused by his feelings of betrayal. His growing passions, both spiritual and romantic, force him to question all that he has come to believe is true. Just as Mina finds happiness, Hayat is compelled to act -- with devastating consequences for all those he loves most.

American Dervishis a brilliantly written, nuanced, and emotionally forceful look inside the interplay of religion and modern life. Ayad Akhtar was raised in the Midwest himself, and through Hayat Shah he shows readers vividly the powerful forces at work on young men and women growing up Muslim in America. This is an intimate, personal first novel that will stay with readers long after they turn the last page.
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