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American Dervish

(2012)
A novel by

 
Hayat Shah is a young American in love for the first time. His normal life of school, baseball, and video games had previously been distinguished only by his Pakistani heritage and by the frequent chill between his parents, who fight over things he is too young to understand. Then Mina arrives, and everything changes.

Mina is Hayat's mother's oldest friend from Pakistan. She is independent, beautiful and intelligent, and arrives on the Shah's doorstep when her disastrous marriage in Pakistan disintegrates. Even Hayat's skeptical father can't deny the liveliness and happiness that accompanies Mina into their home. Her deep spirituality brings the family's Muslim faith to life in a way that resonates with Hayat as nothing has before. Studying the Quran by Mina's side and basking in the glow of her attention, he feels an entirely new purpose mingled with a growing infatuation for his teacher.

When Mina meets and begins dating a man, Hayat is confused by his feelings of betrayal. His growing passions, both spiritual and romantic, force him to question all that he has come to believe is true. Just as Mina finds happiness, Hayat is compelled to act -- with devastating consequences for all those he loves most.

American Dervish is a brilliantly written, nuanced, and emotionally forceful look inside the interplay of religion and modern life. Ayad Akhtar was raised in the Midwest himself, and through Hayat Shah he shows readers vividly the powerful forces at work on young men and women growing up Muslim in America. This is an intimate, personal first novel that will stay with readers long after they turn the last page.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 2012 : USA Library Binding
Title: American Dervish
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
ISBN: 0-606-26682-8 / 978-0-606-26682-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtle Back Books
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January 2012 : UK Hardback
Title: American Dervish
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
ISBN: 0-297-86544-7 / 978-0-297-86544-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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January 2012 : USA Hardback
Title: American Dervish: A Novel
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
ISBN: 0-316-18331-8 / 978-0-316-18331-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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January 2012 : USA Hardback
Title: American Dervish: A Novel
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
ISBN: 0-316-20476-5 / 978-0-316-20476-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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Paperback Editions

January 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: American Dervish
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
ISBN: 1-78022-071-5 / 978-1-78022-071-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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January 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: American Dervish
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
ISBN: 0-316-22391-3 / 978-0-316-22391-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
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September 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: American Dervish: A Novel
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
ISBN: 0-316-18330-X / 978-0-316-18330-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
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January 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: American Dervish
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
ISBN: 0-297-86545-5 / 978-0-297-86545-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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January 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: American Dervish
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
ISBN: 0-316-19899-4 / 978-0-316-19899-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
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Audio Editions

September 2012 : USA Audio CD
Title: American Dervish: A Novel
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
ISBN: 1-61969-382-8 / 978-1-61969-382-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
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January 2012 : USA Audio CD
Title: American Dervish: A Novel
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
ISBN: 1-61113-617-2 / 978-1-61113-617-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
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Kindle Editions

January 2012 : UK Kindle edition
Title: American Dervish
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Availability: Amazon UK   

January 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: American Dervish: A Novel
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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