American Dervish: A Novel

by Ayad Akhtar | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 031618330X Global Overview for this book
Registered by arugh48187 of Highland Park, Illinois USA on 9/8/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by arugh48187 from Highland Park, Illinois USA on Friday, September 08, 2017
Culling the shelves. This one is no longer of interest. Hope it finds a more enthusiastic reader.

Synopsis:
American Dervish is a brilliantly written, nuanced, and emotionally forceful look inside the interplay of religion and modern life.

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.

Journal Entry 2 by arugh48187 at -- Wild, somewhere in Edina in Edina, Minnesota USA on Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (10/24/2018 UTC) at -- Wild, somewhere in Edina in Edina, Minnesota USA

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Don't know where or when I released this one, but it is not here. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 3 by arugh48187 at Edina, Minnesota USA on Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Found it. Alphabetized under first name. (insert eye roll)

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