A Good Country
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About the Author
Laleh Khadivi is the author of The Age of Orphans, a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, and The Walking. 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. Her debut film, 900 Women, aired on A&E and premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Khadivi lives in Northern California and teaches at the University of San Francisco MFA.
"Powerful . . . Khadivi's book is meticulous, unsparingly realistic and rich in nuance. . . . As an Iranian-American writer and the child of a Muslim country, I want the world to read this book because of its naked, unflinching honesty." --New York Times Book Review
"Khadivi is a massive talent, lyrical, evocative, and unsparing . . . Khadivi's feat is a crucial one, especially at this moment in time, when young Muslim men are dehumanized by white Americans far more often than they are understood to be complicated, and individual, human beings. . . . You won't want the book to end. A brilliant novel about a young man's reckoning with a flawed and violent world." --Kirkus Reviews
"Engrossing . . . Khadivi's carefully crafted, masterful novel illustrates how the perfect storm of teenage cruelty, racism, and tragedy can create an extremist." --Booklist
"An expertly crafted coming-of-age story about radicalisation and cultural integration . . . Khadivi places a series of clues in the narrative to indicate the struggle of migrant families to become American, and the contrasting anxieties between the generations with their potential for violent rupture . . . . A Good Country is expertly shaped, and persuasively investigates an important phenomenon of our times." --Guardian
"Brilliant . . . a tragic and affecting portrait of how radicalization can happen to an ordinary American, profoundly altering him . . . . A Good Country is a courageous and important conclusion to a magnificent trilogy. It suggests that what's saddest and most chilling about radicalization is that it arises from deep inside the human condition itself, from the thirst all humans have for connection and meaning. Without these, anyone can be lost." --San Francisco Chronicle
"Brilliantly channeling the minds of angst-filled teenagers with barely formed worldviews who seesaw between brash self-confidence and deflating insecurities, . . . Khadivi . . . has written an important, smart, timely novels that rivals such standouts as Karan Mahajan's The Association of Small Bombs or Moshin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist." --Library Journal
"[T]he unerring precision of her prose draws you, piece by piece, into Rez's orbit and makes you concerned for his welfare once the skies darken." --The Herald
"A riveting, heartbreaking portrait of one young man's yearning for a good country to call his own." --Shelf Awareness
"Stunning and timely . . . Khadivi masterfully succeeds in pulling off a deep and searching investigation into Rez's journey from one world to another, following through on her relentlessly emotional vision all the way to its wrenching conclusion. This is a heartbreaking coming-of-age story about the world we live in now." --Publishers Weekly
"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 . . . Give this expertly written and stirring exploration of a timely subject to readers who enjoy novels that tackle global contemporary issues, such as Karan Mahajan's The Association of Small Bombs or Rabee Jaber's Confessions." --School Library Journal
"Captivating . . . In scene after vibrant scene, [Khadivi] suggests the forces that turn individuals into radicals. With A Good Country, she delivers an unusual and thought-provoking look at the process." --The Mercury News, "Books by the Bay"