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Two families reunite for a feast on Eid ul-Fitr, the day Muslims celebrate the end of the month of fasting. And boys who grew up together will meet again, as men. As the big day approaches two of the men go to the mosque, one leaves his girlfriend and another watches porn. Nevertheless, they arrive intent on embracing the day. Old enmities are put aside, as they take ...more
Published (first published March 1st 2014)
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Azadeh Moaveni
Aug 25, 2015 Azadeh Moaveni rated it it was amazing
I read this powerful, vivid novel in just two days. The themes are both contemporary and universal -- bi-cultural identity, fractured families, the complexity of desire, the political and social frictions facing Britain's Muslim community -- and Sadikali weaves them into a narrative that is both gripping, bold and deeply thoughtful.
Murtaza
Feb 17, 2015 Murtaza rated it liked it
Articulates the political tensions and grievances of Western Muslims very well. Wish there was more politics and less personal stuff (this is a subjective preference and I imagine most people differ) but it's well written and strong for a debut. Longer review forthcoming in a publication.
Karachikhatmal
Jun 29, 2016 Karachikhatmal rated it really liked it
One of the hoariest cliches about reading is not to judge books by their covers. But books are one of the many, many consumer items we constantly purchase, and their covers are decided with various ideas in mind by people who specifically think about making us want to buy them. I don't know about you, but I have a pretty good system for judging books that I would like almost solely by their covers, blurbs and who they've got to recommend it. It isn't a perfect system, but it has helped me ...more
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Families gathering for a traditional celebration provide a familiar cauldron of emotions in which to brew up a story. But here, the setting is not Christmas or Thanksgiving, but Eid ul-Fitr, the Islamic feast that marks the end of Ramazan, the month of fasting. The place is northwest London and the time is November 2004, eighteen months into the second Iraq war and seven months before London’s 7/7 bombings.

Four cousins – two pairs of brothers who rarely see each other – assemble at the house of
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Stacie
Oct 21, 2014 Stacie rated it liked it
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Dear Infidel takes readers on an intriguing journey through the lives of several family members as they come together to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr.

The families have grown apart and as they come together to celebrate they are forced to deal with the changes they have all undergone. The strained relationships are prevalent and mirror many families of today as each person goes their own way and creates their own existence. As the war in Iraq rages on the struggles within this Muslim family are magnifie
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Kate
Dec 09, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it
This book is an interesting look at the lives of British Muslims following 9/11. Two families prepare to gather and celebrate Eid, but each individual faces more or less a struggle about what assimilation really means for them. What ties do they want to maintain with Pakistan, and if they decide to go with the flow of British life, will that bring happiness?
Freya
Jan 01, 2016 Freya added it
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***I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.***

I read 20% of the book but I just didn't take to it, and finally gave up. I've read too little to be able review the book, all I can say is this wasn't my type of book.

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Most of my time is spent writing software for hedge funds. And the rest with my two kids. Which leaves the twilight hours for writing...

My debut novel, Dear Infidel, was published 1st August, 2014.
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