American Dervish: A Novel

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American Dervish: A Novel

by Ayad Akhtar
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Hachette Audio | September 4, 2012 | Audio Book (CD)

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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 Dervish is 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 listeners long after they finish.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 1 × 1 × 1 in

Published: September 4, 2012

Publisher: Hachette Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1619693828

ISBN - 13: 9781619693821

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American Dervish: A Novel

by Ayad Akhtar
Read by Author

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 1 × 1 × 1 in

Published: September 4, 2012

Publisher: Hachette Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1619693828

ISBN - 13: 9781619693821

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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 Dervish is 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 listeners long after they finish.

About the Author

Ayad Akhtar is an American-born, first generation Pakistani-American from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He holds degrees in Theater from Brown University and in Directing from the Graduate Film Program at Columbia University, where he won multiple awards for his work. He is the author of numerous screenplays and was star and co-writer of The War Within, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay and an International Press Academy Satellite Award for Best Picture - Drama. American Dervish is his first novel.

Editorial Reviews

"Whether you believe religion is a precious gift from God or the greatest scourge of mankind, you will find yourself represented in these pages. With brilliant storytelling and exquisitely balanced points of view, Ayad Akhtar creates characters who experience the rapture of religion but also have their lives ripped apart by it."
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