Homeland Elegies

Homeland Elegies

A Novel

Book - 2020
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316496421
0316496421
9780316706483
0316706485
9780316702997
0316702994
Characteristics: xx, 345 pages ; 25 cm

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DBRL_ReginaF Dec 29, 2020

This one ticked all the boxes for me! It's fiction but it reads like a memoir. Or maybe it reads like a book of essays. What ever it is, it is wonderful!

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lukasevansherman
Dec 12, 2020

"I'm here because I was born and raised here. This is where I've lived my whole life. For better, for worse-and there's always been a bit of both-I don't want to be anywhere else. I've never even thought about it. America is my home."

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laphampeak
Nov 16, 2020

Akhtar issues his account of experience as a American born Muslim. He explores his identity as he makes sense of Muslim customs. His ancestral roots come from Pakistan where Britain once ruled, where Osama bin Laden hid out, where marriages are arranged, and one’s name often came from the Quran. We are let in to his inner world where dreams are to be interpreted and his outer world where he enters a slippery slope of the stock trading world and it’s elite. Homeland elegy is, perhaps, a lament of his roots. A bit complex at times but worth the ride.

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Audrey_1974
Nov 06, 2020

This book is one of Publishers Weekly’s top choices for 2020.

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bigfeet
Oct 26, 2020

This was unsettling at times but very impactful. It is considered fiction but it felt like a memoir. I thought it was excellent.

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booknrrd
Oct 15, 2020

A genre-defying work by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Pakistani American playwright that is part memoir, part autofiction, and part essay collection. Akhtar reflects on his American experience as the child of immigrants and his parents' experience and what it is to be a Muslim in America today. But it is also more than that. For example, there is a whole section on his father's last days as a doctor which is also great commentary on the American health care system. There are sections on life among the ultra-rich, Trump, and more.

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brangwinn
Sep 23, 2020

Although written as a novel, this felt more like a series of connected essays. For me, that helped solidify the complexities of being a Muslim in America, and particular a Pakistani. It also helped illustrated how American foreign policy has failed in many ways. If I had to make a “required” reading list for understanding other cultures, this would head the list.

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