Harvard Square is the elegant and sexually charged story of a young émigré grad student, a Jew from Egypt, who meets a brash, magnetic Arab taxi driver--and how their friendship tests his loyalties and throws his life in America into doubt. André Aciman's writing has been hailed by Colm Tóibín as "fiction at its most supremely interesting," and here Aciman delivers a powerful tale of identity and the wages of assimilation.
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A plaintive love letter to displaced, wandering people, to anyone who longs for home and reaches unwisely for the hand of a fellow wanderer.--Ron Charles
An illuminating character study and poignant meditation on the twin trials of how to fit in and how to be loved.--Malcom Forbes
Slyly comic...Touching and beautifully written.--Charles McGrath
Aciman tackles Big Ideas by observing the smallest, most intimate gestures of two people and letting them talk--and his characters talk beautifully.--Stephan Lee
A darker account of exile itself and the uncertainties of accommodation to a new world while memories of the old tug painfully.... Kalaj [is] warm, impetuous, and whole-hearted.... Aciman succeeds in making him unforgettable.--Richard Eder
[Aciman's] best so far...an existentialist adventure worthy of Kerouac.--Clancy Martin
Timely, affecting...Quietly tragic.
Entertaining and moving....Aciman writes a vigorous, muscular prose that is as seductive as his characters.--Julia M. Klein
Harvard Square sings as a portrait of a fleeting friendship, revealing how platonic closeness can have a romantic tinge as well.--Mark Athitakis