American Dervish - Ayad Akhtar

American Dervish

By Ayad Akhtar

  • Release Date: 2012-01-09
  • Genre: Family
Score: 4
From 180 Ratings


From the author of Homeland Elegies and Pulitzer Prize winner Disgraced, a stirring and explosive novel about an American Muslim family in Wisconsin struggling with faith and belonging in the pre-9/11 world.

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.

American Dervish is a brilliantly written, nuanced, and emotionally forceful look inside the interplay of religion and modern life.


  • Wonderful

    By Chesteresq
    Heartwarming and honest. A must read for westerners (like me). This book provides a depth of understanding and compassion for American Moslems.