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The Bad Muslim Discount

(2021)
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“Masood’s novel presents a stereoscopic, three-dimensional view of contemporary Muslim America: the way historical conflict in the Middle East lingers in individual lives, the way gossip travels in a close-knit immigrant community.” The New York Times Book Review

Following two families from Pakistan and Iraq in the 1990s to San Francisco in 2016, The Bad Muslim Discount is an inclusive, comic novel about Muslim immigrants finding their way in modern America.


It is 1995, and Anvar Faris is a restless, rebellious, and sharp-tongued boy doing his best to grow up in Karachi, Pakistan. As fundamentalism takes root within the social order and the zealots next door attempt to make Islam great again, his family decides, not quite unanimously, to start life over in California. Ironically, Anvar's deeply devout mother and his model-Muslim brother adjust easily to life in America, while his fun-loving father can't find anyone he relates to. For his part, Anvar fully commits to being a bad Muslim.

At the same time, thousands of miles away, Safwa, a young girl living in war-torn Baghdad with her grief-stricken, conservative father will find a very different and far more dangerous path to America. When Anvar and Safwa's worlds collide as two remarkable, strong-willed adults, their contradictory, intertwined fates will rock their community, and families, to their core.

The Bad Muslim Discount is an irreverent, poignant, and often hysterically funny debut novel by an amazing new voice. With deep insight, warmth, and an irreverent sense of humor, Syed M. Masood examines universal questions of identity, faith (or lack thereof), and belonging through the lens of Muslim Americans.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Syed M. Masood brings something new and necessary to the immigrant story: a sense of humor. Surprising, provocative, and damn funny, The Bad Muslim Discount is the story we always needed but never had." - Neel Patel

"Take it from a bad Jew, this is one of the bravest and most eye-opening novels of the year. Masood is a whiz at characters and knows the way the world works inside out. A future classic." - Gary Shteyngart


Used availability for Syed M Masood's The Bad Muslim Discount

Hardback Editions

January 1900 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Bad Muslim Discount: A Novel
Author(s): Syed M Masood
ISBN: 0-385-54525-8 / 978-0-385-54525-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

January 2022 : Paperback
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Title: The Bad Muslim Discount: A Novel
Author(s): Syed M Masood
ISBN: 1-984897-41-1 / 978-1-984897-41-1
Publisher: Anchor
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Audio Editions

February 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Bad Muslim Discount: A Novel
Author(s): Syed M Masood
Publisher: Random House Audio
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February 2021 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Bad Muslim Discount: A Novel
Author(s): Syed M Masood
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

February 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Bad Muslim Discount: A Novel
Author(s): Syed M Masood
Publisher: Doubleday
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA