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Evel Knievel Days by Pauls Toutonghi
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Jun 12, 12

Read in June, 2012

Very funny, just awesome. A great Egyptian-American novel, one that surprised me from page to page. I thought, at times, that it would be a more serious narrative. But then it would approach the same serious questions with a light tone. I can't gush enough about this book. The intricate storyline, which just made me sit there in awe of the breadth of the storytelling.

Here's the concept. An OCD sufferer, Khosi Saqr, a kid with a very unbalanced mother living in Butte, Montana suddenly realizes that his dad, who's Egyptian, is very much still alive, not dead, like he sort of believed him to be. And so when his best friend gets engaged Khosi decides that he wants to go to Cairo to find his dad.

He makes this big jump. It's quite an adventure for him. He meets his extended family, including two aunts, Fatima and Banafrit, who nearly steal the show from Khosi and his good-for-nothing father. It's a great adventure story, and ultimately tells an unexpected story about forgiveness.
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