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American Dervish

A Novel

By Ayad Akhtar

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 readers long after they turn the last page.

Format

Book

Publish Date

2012

ISBN

9780316183314


Format: Book
Author: Akhtar, Ayad
Summary: A young Pakistani boy, whose parents left the fundamentalists behind when they came to America, finds transformation and a path to happiness through a family friend, Mina, who shows him the beauty and power of the Quran.
Title: American dervish : a novel / by Ayad Akhtar.
Publisher Date: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012.
Subject: Muslim families -- Fiction. Pakistanis -- United States -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9780316183314 0316183318
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 2
System Items Total: 2
Call Number: F Akhtar
Oclc: 707964685
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Bib Id: 370835

Format: Book
Author: Akhtar, Ayad
Summary: A young Pakistani boy, whose parents left the fundamentalists behind when they came to America, finds transformation and a path to happiness through a family friend, Mina, who shows him the beauty and power of the Quran.
Title: American dervish : a novel / by Ayad Akhtar.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012.
Description: 357 p. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Muslim families -- Fiction.
Subjects: Pakistanis -- United States -- Fiction.
LCCN: 2011019737
ISBN: 9780316183314
ISBN: 0316183318
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: F Akhtar