Homeland Elegies

Homeland Elegies

Audiobook CD - 2020
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Disgraced and author of American Dervish, an American son and his immigrant father search for belonging -- in post-Trump America, and with each other. 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 nation in which debt has ruined countless lives and the gods of finance rule, where immigrants live in fear, and where the unhealed wounds of 9/11 continue to 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 Davos to guerrilla lookouts in the mountains of Afghanistan. All the while sparing no one-least of all himself-in order to make better sense of it all.
Publisher: [New York] : Hachette Book Group, [2020]
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781549107184
Branch Call Number: AUDIOBK CD AKHTAR A
Characteristics: 8 audio discs (10 1/2 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Alternative Title: Home land elegies


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Feb 26, 2021

A novel that reads like a memoir explores the Muslim immigrant experience in America from the 1960s through the present day. Aktar, the American-born son of Pakstani immigrants, is a writer who hits it big when a generous benefactor invests in his play. The story moves back and forth in time as Aktar shares both his parents' and his personal history in a culture that is suspicious of both their color and religion. The novel also explores the social and economic unraveling that has enriched urban areas at the expense of rural parts of the country since 1970. This rich, deeply complex, work would provoke many interesting and hard discussions at book clubs.


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