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About the Author
Laleh Khadivi was born in Esfahan, Iran, in 1977. She received her MFA from Mills College and was a Creative Writing Fellow at Emory University. She is the author of The Age of Orphans, a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick; and The Walking, among others. She has been awarded a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, and an NEA Literature Fellowship. She has also worked as a director, producer, and cinematographer of documentary films. Khadivi lives in Northern California.
Nissim Mishal is one of the foremost television personalities in Israel. After graduating with a master's degree in political science, he joined the staff of the Israeli state television and worked as a political reporter, Washington correspondent, and director-general. He has published two bestselling books about great events in Israel's history.
Khadivi charts the psychological transformation of a teenager, Rez, from the high-achieving son of prosperous Iranian immigrants to Islamist radical...The story suggests radicalization is less a political problem than one of a deep need to belong.-- "New York Times"
An expertly crafted coming-of-age story about radicalization and cultural integration...The narrative is tense and dramatic.-- "Guardian (London)"
Brilliant...[an] affecting portrait of how radicalization can happen to an ordinary American, profoundly altering him.-- "San Francisco Chronicle"
In scene after vibrant scene, [Khadivi] suggests the forces that turn individuals into radicals...[and] delivers an unusual and thought-provoking look at the process.-- "Mercury News (San Jose, California)"
You won't want the book to end. You will want to follow Rez. You will want to hear what happens next. A brilliant novel about a young man's reckoning with a flawed and violent world.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
Brilliantly channeling the minds of angst-filled teenagers with barely formed worldviews who seesaw between brash self-confidence and deflating insecurities...An important, smart, timely novel.-- "Library Journal (starred review)"
The story unfolds deftly, beautifully capturing the psychology of an American teen who goes down the path of radicalization; readers will understand what would motivate a sheltered, shortsighted young person to run away to join extremists.-- "School Library Journal (starred review)"
Khadivi's carefully crafted, masterful novel illustrates how the perfect storm of teenage cruelty, racism, and tragedy can create an extremist.-- "Booklist (starred review)"
Stunning...This is a heartbreaking coming-of-age story about the world we live in now.-- "Publishers Weekly"