The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

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from Amazon:

Hamid's second book (after Moth Smoke) is an intelligent and absorbing 9/11 novel, written from the perspective of Changez, a young Pakistani whose sympathies, despite his fervid immigrant embrace of America, lie with the attackers. The book unfolds as a monologue that Changez delivers to a mysterious American operative over dinner at a Lahore, Pakistan, cafe. Pre-9/11, Princeton graduate Changez is on top of the world: recruited by an elite New York financial company, the 22-year-old quickly earns accolades from his hard-charging supervisor, plunges into Manhattan's hip social whirl and becomes infatuated with Erica, a fellow Princeton graduate pining for her dead boyfriend. But after the towers fall, Changez is subject to intensified scrutiny and physical threats, and his co-workers become markedly less affable as his beard grows in ("a form of protest," he says). Erica is committed to a mental institution, and Changez, upset by his adopted country's "growing and self-righteous rage," slacks off at work and is fired. Despite his off-putting commentary, the damaged Changez comes off as honest and thoughtful, and his creator handles him with a sympathetic grace.

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  • Erin

    I got the book on the Nook and I'm about half way through it. I'll have it finished by Sunday. Hopefully.

    August 23, 2013

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    Looking forward to it.

    July 24, 2013

  • Gail

    Unless my grandson is born early - I'll be there.

    June 7, 2013

  • Poonam C.

    My book The Shenanigans of Time by P.A. Chawla is now available at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle. I would be honored to see it selected for the next meetup.

    May 29, 2013

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