By Mohsin Hamid
Now an enormous movement picture
Short-listed for the guy Booker Prize
New York Times bestseller
“Extreme occasions demand severe reactions, severe writing. Hamid has performed whatever outstanding with this novel.” —Washington Post
“One of these achingly guaranteed novels that makes you content to be a reader.” —Junot Diaz
At a café desk in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani guy converses with an uneasy American stranger. As nightfall deepens to nighttime, he starts the story that has introduced them to this fateful come upon . . .
Changez resides an immigrant’s dream of the United States. on the most sensible of his category at Princeton, he's snapped up via an elite valuation enterprise. He flourishes at the strength of recent York, and his budding romance with stylish, attractive Erica can provide access into long island society on the related exalted point as soon as occupied by way of his circle of relatives again in Lahore.
But within the wake of September eleven, Changez reveals his place in his followed urban unexpectedly overturned, and his dating with Erica moving. And Changez’s personal identification is in seismic shift in addition, unearthing allegiances extra primary than cash, strength, and perhaps even love.
“Brief, fascinating, and quietly livid . . . a powerful success.” —Village Voice
A Washington submit and San Francisco Chronicle most sensible publication of the yr
A New York Times extraordinary Book
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