Waiting on Wednesday: American Taliban
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
I previously highlighted American Taliban by Pearl Abraham in a Friday Finds post, but since it’s also a book I’m really excited to read, I thought it’d be perfect for Waiting on Wednesday too. I read Abraham’s Romance Reader a while back and really liked it, so I am interested in reading her newest work.
American Taliban by Pearl Abraham
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Random House
- Release Date: April 13, 2010
- ISBN-10: 1400068584
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.