Thorndike Press

Homeland Elegies

  • Ayad Akhtar
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  • ISBN-10: 1432886487
  • ISBN-13: 9781432886486
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.55 lbs ( .70 kgs)
  • 566 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released April 2021

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A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author
One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year
One of Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2020
An Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Finalist
On over 10 Best Book Lists

Homeland Elegies blends fact and fiction to tell a story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. In a book that is part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, 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 in the process.


Customer Reviews

“Masterful. . . . A symphony about America. . . . [Akhtar's] intellectual explorations of identity and self-presentation are coupled with deep emotional urgency. . . . With its insight and honesty, HOMELAND ELEGIES deserves to be read widely.”

— USA Today