• Homeland Elegies

  • A Novel
  • By: Ayad Akhtar
  • Narrated by: Ayad Akhtar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,735 ratings)

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Homeland Elegies

By: Ayad Akhtar
Narrated by: Ayad Akhtar
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Publisher's summary

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Disgraced and American Dervish: an immigrant father and his son search for belonging - in post-Trump America, and with each other.

One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year
One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2020
Finalist for the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
A Best Book of 2020 * Washington Post * O Magazine * New York Times Book Review * Publishers Weekly

"Passionate, disturbing, unputdownable." (Salman Rushdie)

A deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, Homeland Elegies blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home.

Ayad Akhtar forges a new narrative voice to capture a country in which debt has ruined countless lives and the gods of finance rule, where immigrants live in fear, and where the nation's unhealed wounds wreak havoc around the world. Akhtar attempts to make sense of it all through the lens of a story about one family, from a heartland town in America to palatial suites in Central Europe to guerrilla lookouts in the mountains of Afghanistan, and spares no one - least of all himself - in the process.

©2020 Ayad Akhtar (P)2020 Little, Brown & Company

Critic reviews

"A triumph. Akhtar rages, he sings, he indicts, he falls in love, he sorrows, he dreams, he mourns, he transcribes! - and finally, he transmutes injustice into the sublimest art." (Joshua Ferris, author of The Dinner Party and Then We Came to the End)

"With Homeland Elegies, Ayad Akhtar has found the perfect hybrid form for his exuberant, insightful, and wickedly entertaining epic about Muslim immigrants and their American-born children. A deeply moving father-and-son story unfolds against tumultuous current events in a book that anyone wanting to know how we as a nation got where we are today - and into what dark wood we might be heading tomorrow - should read." (Sigrid Nunez, author of The Friend)

"An urgent, intimate hybrid of memoir and fiction, Homeland Elegies thrusts us into the heart of a father-son relationship and, in the process-improbably-does nothing short of laying bare the broken heart of our American dream turned reality TV nightmare. The book's dissection of the deeply human desire to aspire and dream, and its illumination of the quest for success, brilliantly captures how we got to this exact moment in time and at what cost. Stunning." (A. M. Homes, author of This Book Will Save Your Life and Days of Awe)