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Homeland Elegies

(2020)
A novel by

 
 
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).

One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2020
Finalist for the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
A Best Book of 2020 * Washington Post * O Magazine * New York Times Book Review * Publishers Weekly


"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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A passionate, wrenching portrayal of Americans exiled into otherness by a post 9/11 world." - Jennifer Egan

"A triumph. Akhtar rages, he sings, he indicts, he falls in love, he sorrows, he dreams, he mourns, he transcribes! - and finally he transmutes injustice into the sublimest art." - Joshua Ferris

"An urgent, intimate hybrid of memoir and fiction, HOMELAND ELEGIES thrusts us into the heart of a father-son relationship and in the process - improbably - does nothing short of laying bear the broken heart of our American dream turned reality TV nightmare... Stunning." - A M Homes

"The astonishing work of an absolutely brilliant writer. With exquisite prose and lacerating honesty, Ayad Akhtar reveals the intersections of art, finance, race, religion, academia and empire." - Phil Klay

"Passionate, disturbing, unputdownable." - Salman Rushdie

"Ayad Akhtar offers up his heart and life with an honesty that astonishes. Never have I experienced such a reading thrill." - Maria Semple


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Hardback Editions

April 2021 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Homeland Elegies
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
ISBN: 1-4328-8648-7 / 978-1-4328-8648-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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September 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: Homeland Elegies: A Barack Obama Favourite Book
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
ISBN: 1-4722-7688-4 / 978-1-4722-7688-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tinder Press
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September 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Homeland Elegies: A Novel
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
ISBN: 0-316-49642-1 / 978-0-316-49642-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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Paperback Editions

July 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: Homeland Elegies: A Barack Obama Favourite Book
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
ISBN: 1-4722-7689-2 / 978-1-4722-7689-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tinder Press
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May 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: Homeland Elegies: A Novel
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
ISBN: 0-316-49641-3 / 978-0-316-49641-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
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September 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Homeland Elegies: A Barack Obama Favourite Book (Planet Omar)
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
ISBN: 1-4722-7687-6 / 978-1-4722-7687-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tinder Press
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Audio Editions

September 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Homeland Elegies: A Novel
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
ISBN: 1-5491-0720-8 / 978-1-5491-0720-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hachette Book Group and Blackstone Publishing
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September 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Homeland Elegies: Library Edition
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
ISBN: 1-5491-0718-6 / 978-1-5491-0718-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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September 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Homeland Elegies: A Novel
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
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September 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Homeland Elegies
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
Publisher: Tinder Press
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September 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Homeland Elegies
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
Publisher: Tinder Press
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September 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Homeland Elegies
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
Publisher: Tinder Press
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Kindle Editions

September 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Homeland Elegies: A Novel
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


September 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Homeland Elegies: A Barack Obama Favourite Book
Author(s): Ayad Akhtar
Publisher: Tinder Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU