Hachette I am able to give away up to 3 copies of the trade paperback of this novel PLUS 1 audiobook! Here is a summary of the book from the Hachette website:
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.
Hayat's mother's oldest friend from Pakistan. She is independent,
beautiful and intelligent, and arrives on the Shah's doorstep when her
disastrous marriage in Pakistan disintegrates. Even Hayat's skeptical
father can't deny the liveliness and happiness that accompanies Mina
into their home. Her deep spirituality brings the family's Muslim faith
to life in a way that resonates with Hayat as nothing has before.
Studying the Quran by Mina's side and basking in the glow of her
attention, he feels an entirely new purpose mingled with a growing
infatuation for his teacher.
When Mina meets and begins dating a
man, Hayat is confused by his feelings of betrayal. His growing
passions, both spiritual and romantic, force him to question all that he
has come to believe is true. Just as Mina finds happiness, Hayat is
compelled to act -- with devastating consequences for all those he loves
American Dervish is a brilliantly written, nuanced,
and emotionally forceful look inside the interplay of religion and
modern life. Ayad Akhtar was raised in the Midwest himself, and through
Hayat Shah he shows readers vividly the powerful forces at work on young
men and women growing up Muslim in America. This is an intimate,
personal first novel that will stay with readers long after they turn
the last page.
Now for the giveaway!
I will be giving away one book for every 10 entries with a maximum of three books to give away.
Winners will be subject to the one copy per household, which means if
you win the same title on another blog you will receive only one copy of
To enter this contest you must be at least 18 and live in the U.S. or Canada. No PO Boxes please.
For one entry leave me a comment including your email address below. Please indicate in your comment if you are interested in the audiobook.
For two additional entries, blog about this contest or add the link to your sidebar.
Please include your email so I will have a way to contact you if you
win. Use a spam-thwarting format such as myemail.address AT gmail DOT
com or myemail.address [at] gmail [dot] com.
You will have until September 30th to enter and I will draw for winners on or after October 1st.
Good luck everyone!
**This Giveaway is closed.