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Ayad Akhtar

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Ayad Akhtar is a novelist, screenwriter, and playwright. Born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he is the author of American Dervish, published in more than 20 languages worldwide and a 2012 Best Book of the Year at Kirkus Reviews, Toronto's Globe and Mail, Shelf-Awareness, and O (Oprah) Magazine. He is also a playwright and screenwriter. His stage play Disgraced played at New York's Lincoln Center Theater in 2012 and won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within. He is a graduate of Brown and Columbia Universities with degrees in Theater and Film Directing.

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American Dervish in Italy

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American Dervish

3.66 avg rating — 6,890 ratings — published 2012 — 39 editions
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Disgraced

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The Who & The What: A Play

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The Invisible Hand

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Junk: A Play

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“The secret of a happy life is respect. Respect for yourself and respect for others.”
Ayad Akhtar, American Dervish

“It’s because you’re different. You can’t live life by rules others give you. In that way, you and I are the same. You have to find your own rules. All my life I’ve been running away from their rules, Hayat. All my life. You will be the same.”
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“Always imagine him close to you when you pray,' she explained. 'If you think of Him as near, then that's where you will find Him. And if you think of Him as far away, then that's where He will be.”
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