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September 11, 2012 / Leslie

Giveaway – American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar

American Dervish by Ayad AkhtarAmerican Dervish by Ayad Akhtar

Now available in Trade Paperback and Audiobook.

The publisher, Little, Brown & Company, has made available three trade paperback copies and one audiobook to give away to my readers in the US and Canada. How exciting is that?

Before I get to the giveaway, here is a little information about the book and the author:

About the Book

Hayat Shah is a young American in love for the first time. His normal life of school, baseball, and video games had previously been distinguished only by his Pakistani heritage and by the frequent chill between his parents, who fight over things he is too young to understand. Then Mina arrives, and everything changes.

Mina is Hayat’s mother’s oldest friend from Pakistan. She is independent, beautiful and intelligent, and arrives on the Shah’s doorstep when her disastrous marriage in Pakistan disintegrates. Even Hayat’s skeptical father can’t deny the liveliness and happiness that accompanies Mina into their home. Her deep spirituality brings the family’s Muslim faith to life in a way that resonates with Hayat as nothing has before. Studying the Quran by Mina’s side and basking in the glow of her attention, he feels an entirely new purpose mingled with a growing infatuation for his teacher.

When Mina meets and begins dating a man, Hayat is confused by his feelings of betrayal. His growing passions, both spiritual and romantic, force him to question all that he has come to believe is true. Just as Mina finds happiness, Hayat is compelled to act — with devastating consequences for all those he loves most.

American Dervish is a brilliantly written, nuanced, and emotionally forceful look inside the interplay of religion and modern life. Ayad Akhtar was raised in the Midwest himself, and through Hayat Shah he shows readers vividly the powerful forces at work on young men and women growing up Muslim in America. This is an intimate, personal first novel that will stay with readers long after they turn the last page.

Preview the book and audio by clicking on the links below.
Listen to the audio

About the Author

Ayad Akhtar is an American-born, first generation Pakistani-American from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He holds degrees in Theater from Brown University and in Directing from the Graduate Film Program at Columbia University, where he won multiple awards for his work. He is the author of numerous screenplays and was star and co-writer of The War Within, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay and an International Press Academy Satellite Award for Best Picture – Drama. American Dervish is his first novel.

Learn more about the author:

Follow @ayadakhtar on Twitter
Like him on
Like the book on
View the video where the author talks about writing American Dervish
Download the Reading Group Guide

Giveaway Information

  • Contest is open to those with an address in the US or Canada (No PO boxes). You may enter for both the audiobook and the paperback but you can only win one of them. (I will be drawing the audio winner first.)
  • To enter fill out the form below. For an extra entry, tweet or blog the giveaway prior to 9/22.
  • The deadline for entry is Sunday, September 23rd. Winners will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond with a mailing address. One winner per household.

[Contest has ended]

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  1. Suko / Sep 11 2012 12:01 pm

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway, Leslie. I’ll add it to my blog’s sidebar. The book sounds riveting.



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