Sunday, December 09, 2018

Nineteen top short books and stories

In 2016 Maris Kreizman tagged nineteen "of the most entertaining and mind-opening stories, novellas, essays, and short treatises from the recent past" for One title on the list:
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (2007)

The 9/11 novel that stuck with me the most, and it remains as relevant as ever today. The Reluctant Fundamentalist follows a Muslim man who’s an avid chaser of the American dream, but who, while facing a bombardment of harassment after the attack on the towers, spirals toward hatred of the Western way of life.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist is among Ian MacKenzie's ten top books about Americans abroad, Emily Temple's ten top contemporary novels by and about Muslims, Laila Lalami's eight top books about Muslim life for a nation that knows little about Islam, Porochista Khakpour's top ten novels about 9/11, Jimmy So's five best 9/11 novels, and Ahmede Hussain's five top books in recent South Asian literature.

The Page 69 Test: The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

--Marshal Zeringue