Friday Finds focuses on great books that you discovered over the past week. This week, I got the monthly Opera’s Book Club e-newsletter and American Taliban by Pearl Abraham caught my eye. I read Abraham’s Romance Reader a while back and really liked it, so I am interested in reading her newest work.
It’s 2000, and John Jude Parish is an 18-year-old surfer with a nose for exploring spirituality. He reads about Bob Dylan, digests the Tao, and corresponds online with Arabic friends about Islam. When he breaks a leg, he uses his time of enforced immobility to study Sufi poetry, which leads him, eventually, to Brooklyn, where he befriends a young man from Pakistan who suggests going abroad to learn more about Muslim culture. Once in Pakistan, each small step takes him closer to becoming radicalized. His journey toward Islam is not one of disenchantment, but of enlightenment, described in an evocative prose that mimics the confusion and grandeur of a young man driven by ideals.
American Taliban is due to be released on April 13.
What’s your Friday Find?