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The Good Muslim

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"Delicate, heart-wrenching and poetic, this is a novel ofgreat poise and power." --Tash Aw, author of The Harmony Silk Factory
Set in Bangladesh at a time when Islamic fundamentalism ison the rise, The Good Muslim is an epic story about faith, familyand the long shadow of war. Tahmima Anam, the prize-winning author of A Golden Age, offers a moving portrait of a sister and brother whostruggle with the competing loyalties of love and belief as they cope with thelasting ravages of war and confront the deeply intimate roots of religiousextremism. Echoingthe intensity and humanity of Thrity Umrigar's The SpaceBetween Us, Abraham Verghese's Cutting for Stone, and Kiran Desai's TheInheritance of Loss, Anam's "accomplished and gripping novel," in thewords of author Pankaj Mishra, "describes not only the tumult of a greathistorical event, but also the small but heroic struggles of individuals livingin the shadow of revolution and war."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 297 pages
  • 132.08 x 203.2 x 22.86mm | 226.8g
  • HARPER PERENNIAL
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061478865
  • 9780061478864

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"The Good Muslim brims with gripping narrative, absorbing history and Shakespearean moral conundrums. . . . A keen examination of survival and forgiveness."--Los Angeles Times
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A New Yorker Best Book of the Year

In the dying days of a brutal civil war in Bangladesh, Sohail Haque stumbles upon an abandoned building. Inside he finds a young woman whose story will haunt him for a lifetime to come.

Almost a decade later, Sohail's sister, Maya, returns home after a long absence to find her beloved brother transformed. While Maya has stuck to her revolutionary ideals, Sohail has shunned his old life to become a charismatic religious leader. And when Sohail decides to send his son to a madrasa, the conflict between brother and sister comes to a devastating climax.

The Good Muslim is an epic story about faith, family, the rise of religious fundamentalism, and the long shadow of war from prizewinning Bangladeshi novelist Tahmima Anam.
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Rating details

1,636 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
5 19% (311)
4 39% (638)
3 31% (510)
2 8% (133)
1 3% (44)
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