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Homeland Elegies

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Homeland Elegies

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.

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Homeland Elegies
by Ayad Akhtar

  • Publication Date: September 15, 2020
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • ISBN-10: 0316496421
  • ISBN-13: 9780316496421


Andra B. from Brooklyn, NY
Beth K. from New York, NY
Carol G. from Chesterfield, MI
Deborah M. from Chambersburg, PA
Dianne M. from Port Orange, FL
Freya H. from Towanda, PA
Janet G. from Hot Springs, AR
Jayne B. from North Wales, PA
Jenifer G. from St. Petersburg, FL
Judith L. from Dunedin, FL
Kim C. from Mounds View, MN
Kristin D. from Bartlesville, OK
Lesley F. from Scottsdale, AZ
Lydia B. from Cheboygan, MI
Mary R. from San Anselmo, CA
Nancy B. from Clawson, MI
Priscilla E. from Middletown, RI
Rita B. from Lafayette, IN
Rosalind R. from Ocean, NJ
Sallyann M. from Homosassa, FL
Sandra B. from Concord, NC
Shannon W. from Fresno, CA
Susan C. from Myrtle Beach, SC
Susan K. from Myrtle Beach, SC
Suzy K. from Tampa, FL