Homeland Elegies: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Akhtar, Ayad
Subject:  FICTION / Asian American
  FICTION / Cultural Heritage
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Published: September 2020
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 9.50in x 6.37in x 1.25in
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From The Publisher*A "profound and provocative" new work by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Disgraced and American Dervish: an immigrant father and his son search for belonging -- in post-Trump America, and with each other (Kirkus Reviews).

"Passionate, disturbing, unputdownable." -- Salman Rushdie

A deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, Homeland Elegies blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home.

Ayad Akhtar forges a new narrative voice to capture a country in which debt has ruined countless lives and the gods of finance rule, where immigrants live in fear, and where the nation's unhealed wounds wreak havoc around the world. Akhtar attempts to make sense of it all through the lens of a story about one family, from a heartland town in America to palatial suites in Central Europe to guerrilla lookouts in the mountains of Afghanistan, and spares no one -- least of all himself -- in the process.
Review Quote*"Monumental . . . a globe-trotting tragicomedy."-Elle.com
Review Quote*"This tragicomedy is a revelation."-Publishers Weekly
Review Quote*"A searing work .  . . profound and provocative."-Kirkus Reviews
Review Quote*"Achingly intimate . . . The personal is political in this beautiful, intense elegy for an America that often goes awry while still offering hope."-Library Journal
Review Quote*"Akhtar confronts issues of race, money, family, politics, and sexuality in a bold, memoiristic tale . . . with an array of fascinating characters with different insights into the American character"-Booklist
Review Quote*"An unflinchingly honest self-portrait by a brilliant Muslim-American writer, and, beyond that, an unsparing examination of both sides of that fraught hyphenated reality. Passionate, disturbing, unputdownable."-Salman Rushdie, author of Quichotte
Review Quote*"An urgent, intimate hybrid of memoir and fiction, Homeland Elegies lays bare the broken heart of our American dream turned reality TV nightmare. The book…brilliantly captures how we got to this exact moment in time and at what cost. Stunning."-A. M. Homes, author of This Book Will Save Your Life and Days of Awe
Review Quote*"At the core of this flashing, kinetic coil of a story -- part 1001 Nights, part Reality TV -- is a passionate, wrenching portrayal of Americans exiled into 'otherness'."-Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach and A Visit From the Goon Squad
Review Quote*"With Homeland Elegies, Ayad Akhtar has found the perfect hybrid form for his exuberant, insightful, and wickedly entertaining epic about Muslim immigrants and their American-born children. A deeply moving father-and-son story unfolds against tumultuous current events in a book that anyone wanting to know how we as a nation got where we are today -- and into what dark wood we might be heading tomorrow -- should read."-Sigrid Nunez, author of The Friend