A terrific first novel, warm and wise.
this book is prescient and timely in both recognising and dramatically exploring this increasingly unbreachable social divide.
his dialogue is free-flowing and natural, and he has a good eye for small visual details within a scene that colour the mood of the action around them.
Both extremists and the ambivalent are accorded even-handed coverage and the characterisation is strong
American Dervish is an extraordinary novel and one you certainly won't regret reading
Akhtar proves the capacity of the great American stories to be endlessly renewed by each generation of writers
There are themes here reminiscent of The Go-Between by L.P.Hartley and Ian McEwan's more recent Atonement, of a life scarred by chame at a childish act that has catastrophic consequences in adult life.
American Dervish is about the collision of cultures, identity and religion in 1980s America.
a pleasing read
Ayad Akhtar's first novel is deftly plotted, with a frame narrative that shows how Hayat's sense of shame pursues him into adulthood. There are shades of Ian McEwan's Atonement, but Akhtar's writing has a crisp, imagistic quality all its own.