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Read By: Ayad Akhtar Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781549102615

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

11

Longest Chapter Length:

97:52 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

08:48 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

56:18 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

6

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Publisher Description

This "profound and provocative" work by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Disgraced and American Dervish followsan immigrant father and his son as they search for belonging—in post-Trump America, and with each other (Kirkus Reviews).

"Passionate, disturbing, unputdownable." —Salman Rushdie



A deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, Homeland Elegies blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home.

​Ayad Akhtar forges a new narrative voice to capture a country in which debt has ruined countless lives and the gods of finance rule, where immigrants live in fear, and where the nation's unhealed wounds wreak havoc around the world. Akhtar attempts to make sense of it all through the lens of a story about one family, from a heartland town in America to palatial suites in Central Europe to guerrilla lookouts in the mountains of Afghanistan, and spares no one—least of all himself—in the process.

One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2020

Finalist for the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

A Best Book of 2020 * Washington Post * O Magazine * New York Times Book Review * Publishers Weekly

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"Akhtar knows his craft, his prose his crisp and always intentional. A joyful reading with some very illuminating reflections about family, growing old, and above all, about America. Many have tried to make sense of the divisiness and strife in current America, but Akhtar brings some very powerful, persuasive reflections about the underlying currents that have shaped the United States and Islam over the last few centuries, up to Trump's turmoil. "

— Manuel Vicente (5 out of 5 stars)

Quotes

  • “Monumental…A globe-trotting tragicomedy.”

    — Elle
  • “This is a novel of restless exploration that finds no pat answers about what it means to be a Muslim American today. A profound and provocative inquiry into an artist’s complex American identity.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “This tragicomedy is a revelation.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “The astonishing work of an absolutely brilliant writer. With exquisite prose and lacerating honesty, Ayad Akhtar reveals…a troubled reflection of our country in the twenty-first century.”

    — Phil Klay, National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author
  • “An unflinchingly honest self-portrait by a brilliant Muslim-American writer and, beyond that, an unsparing examination of both sides of that fraught hyphenated reality…Unputdownable.”

    — Salman Rushdie, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • A beautifully rendered account of the struggle to belong in America today, Homeland Elegies takes you into the very heart of hyphenated identity. Erudite and vivid, its pages burst with vitality and intelligence.

    — Peter Godwin, author of When a Crocodile Eats the Sun and The Fear
  • Homeland Elegies is urgent, lacerating writing of the first order from one of our finest playwrights. A sensation of a book.

    — Suketu Mehta, author of This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto and Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found
  • Ayad Akhtar offers up his heart and life with an honesty that astonishes. Never have I experienced such a reading thrill. I put down this novel trembling at the courage it took to write it, and determined to be a better American for having read it.

    — Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette
  • A triumph. Akhtar rages, he sings, he indicts, he falls in love, he sorrows, he dreams, he mourns, he transcribes!-and finally, he transmutes injustice into the sublimest art.

    — Joshua Ferris, author of The Dinner Party and Then We Came to the End
  • Homeland Elegies is the astonishing work of an absolutely brilliant writer. With exquisite prose and lacerating honesty, Ayad Akhtar reveals the intersections of art, finance, race, religion, academia, and empire, and in the process, shows us a troubled reflection of our country in the twenty-first century.

    — Phil Klay, author of Redeployment
  • With Homeland Elegies, Ayad Akhtar has found the perfect hybrid form for his exuberant, insightful, and wickedly entertaining epic about Muslim immigrants and their American-born children. A deeply moving father-and-son story unfolds against tumultuous current events in a book that anyone wanting to know how we as a nation got where we are today -- and into what dark wood we might be heading tomorrow -- should read.

    — Sigrid Nunez, author of The Friend
  • At the core of this flashing, kinetic coil of a story -- part 1001 Nights, part Reality TV -- is a passionate, wrenching portrayal of Americans exiled into 'otherness'.

    — Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach and A Visit From the Goon Squad
  • An urgent, intimate hybrid of memoir and fiction, Homeland Elegies thrusts us into the heart of a father-son relationship and, in the process-improbably-does nothing short of laying bare the broken heart of our American dream turned reality TV nightmare. The book's dissection of the deeply human desire to aspire and dream, and its illumination of the quest for success, brilliantly captures how we got to this exact moment in time and at what cost. Stunning.

    — A. M. Homes, author of This Book Will Save Your Life and Days of Awe
  • An unflinchingly honest self-portrait by a brilliant Muslim-American writer, and, beyond that, an unsparing examination of both sides of that fraught hyphenated reality. Passionate, disturbing, unputdownable.

    — Salman Rushdie

Awards

  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick of the Month
  • Finalist for the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick
  • A New York Times Top 10 Book of the Year
  • A Barack Obama Reading List Pick
  • An Entertainment Weekly Best Books of the Year Selection
  • A Washington Post Best Book of 2020
  • An O Magazine Best Book of the Year
  • A St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Book of 2020
  • An NPR Best Book of 2020
  • A Slate Magazine Best Book of the Year

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    " The author provides personal accounts regarding how he may be perceived or judged owing to his culture or physical appearance. His accounts of his father's loyalty to America are presented in contrast to the treatment of Pakistani people. The writer's descriptions of romantics encounters are quite detailed. "

    — grandma golfer, 5/1/2021

About Ayad Akhtar

Ayad Akhtar is a playwright and novelist. He was named the New York State Author by the New York State Writers Institute. He has won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His American Dervish was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012. As a playwright, he has written numerous award-winning works.