Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Giveaway: American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar

Thanks to Anna from 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.

Mina is 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 most.

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 the title.

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.


petite said...

I would enjoy this book greatly. It sounds wonderful. The paperback is perfect. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Elisabeth said...

Either print or audio is fine with me. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Esme said...

thank you for the giveaway-I would prefer a book but either is good.

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Anonymous said...

I would love to be entered for this giveaway. I would love the paper or audio, but admit that I'd get to the audio a lot quicker :) Thanks for the great giveaway.
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