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American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar
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Jan 12, 2012

it was amazing
Read from January 12 to 13, 2012

This story about a Pakistani American boy (Hayat) growing up in midwest America who becomes infatuated with his mother's best friend, MIna, who moves in with them from Pakistan is so unique and a very detailed portrait of the trials and tribulations of growing up as a young Pakistani Muslim in the U.S. Although this a single account of one boy's experience- the characters who are described with so much detail are ones whom can be related to in any Pakistani-American community. The description of the turmoils associated with growing up Muslim are all to real. The underceding issues of hypocrisy and the way Mina teaches Hayat to learn the Quran but then gets upset with how seriously/literally he takes it, clearly shows a common issue Muslim Pakistani American families have faced and are facing.
I read this book in one day- I couldn't put it down. It was very easy to read- the author writes very well and I couldn't wait to see how the story unfolds. I particularly loved the ending- I won't spoil it for anyone who wants to read it. I look forward to reading future books by the author. Great first book!
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