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Welcome To Americastan

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  43 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published 2011 by Penguin Books India / Viking
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Neil
Aug 10, 2012 Neil rated it it was amazing
Fantastic!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The two editorial reviews listed on Amazon sound like they are talking about two different books (“thought provoking…about dislocation and identity” vs. “very funny”), but they aren't, and I think they are both correct. On face it seems like a light comedy, but there are some very nuanced observations and plenty of lessons to be learned from this fantastic story. Brilliant!
Dieuwke
Dec 31, 2012 Dieuwke rated it really liked it
A book to my liking "welcome to Americastan" is about 27 year old 2nd generation Pakistani Samira who finds herself in a world turned against her. Her white boyfriend for 8 years has made her best friend for life pregnant and she or someone with her name is on the FBI terrorist-list. Her job in Washington DC comes to an end with that and she moves back in with her parents.
You don't have to be 27, nor 2nd hand generation Pakistani, nor heart-broken to know moving back in with your parents is gonn
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Ipshita
Aug 25, 2012 Ipshita rated it really liked it
'Americastan'- this term might indicate the author's intentional attempt to unite (at least at the level of written language) two of the most conflicting countries of the world in terms of political thought, culture and history, but the way events unfold in the novel, the overall complexion and equation between the two communities that get revealed is one of friction, disharmony and tension. It is an 'Americastan' wherein the protagonist of the story is searching for a self which seems buried ...more
Gloriousbastardette
May 01, 2012 Gloriousbastardette rated it it was amazing
Book club LOVED this one. Very insidery story about Muslims in the U.S. Hilarious and entertaining and some scenes were shocking. Like how there was no easy ending to the story.
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Jabeen Akhtar was born in London and immigrated with her Pakistani parents and three older siblings to the United States when she was two years old. She is a speaker with the State Department's Citizen Dialogue program, which sends Muslim and Pakistani-Americans abroad to speak to journalists, entertainers, students, Muslim leaders and government officials about life in the United States. A former ...more
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