Ayad Akhtar presents American Dervish ($24.99). Hayat Shah was captivated by Mina, his mother’s beautiful, devout friend long before he met her. When he learns that Mina is leaving Pakistan to live with the Shahs in America, Hayat is thrilled. Hayat’s father is less enthusiastic. He left the fundamentalist world behind with reason. But no one is prepared for what happens when Mina shows Hayat the beauty of the Quran.
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.