Brother Alive


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$26.00  $24.18
Grove Press
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Zain Khalid's writing has appeared in The New Yorker, n+1, The Believer, Astra Magazine, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, and elsewhere. His debut novel, Brother Alive, is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for best first book in any genre and was named a best book of 2022 by Library Journal and other outlets. He is a finalist for the 2023 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. He is also the fiction editor at The Drift.


Praise for Brother Alive:

A New York Times Writer to Watch This Summer

"In this auspicious debut, Khalid unfurls a beguiling story involving a Staten Island imam's secrets . . . Khalid brilliantly reveals new shades of truth from each character's point of view, and perfectly integrates the many ideas about capitalism and religious extremism into an enthralling narrative. It's a tour de force."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Brother Alive is a rigorously intelligent, wholly sensitive, and quietly rebellious work of art, with prose as profound as it is beautiful. What an inspiring examination of the waywardness of life and the grounding of love this story is. What a wise, thoughtful writer Zain Khalid is. What a gift to humanity this book is."--Robert Jones, Jr., New York Times-bestselling author of The Prophets

"A novel with the polish and warmth of a stone smoothed in the hand after a lifetime of loving worry--original, darkly witty, sometimes bitter, and so very wise. And certainly the debut of a major new writer."--Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

"Zain Khalid's imagination and talent are a marvel to behold in these pages. Brother Alive bristles with a kinetic, hypnotic energy that also manages to ask profound questions about love, faith, family, and loyalty. Hallucinatory and electrifying, Brother Alive announces the arrival of a writer with an impassioned and fearless vision."--Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King, shortlisted for the Booker Prize

"This genre-defying novel, and the intelligence, originality, and awareness of the mind that produced it, astonished me. I was reminded of Günter Grass, of Viet Thanh Nguyen. Through the consciousness of an unforgettable narrator, Youssef, Khalid begins by subtly illuminating the contours of a globalized world in which the personal is geopolitical; he ends by turning up the light and refusing to let us look away."--Vauhini Vara, author of The Immortal King Rao

"Brother Alive is a remarkable work. Zain Khalid creates an immersive world rich in compelling detail. But even more impressively, Khalid achieves a kind of resistance text against our endemic inhumanity. The thrill lies in witnessing such a cogent and powerful intellect tune in to the music of life. An inspiring reminder of the great capacity of novels."--Sergio de la Pava, author of A Naked Singularity

"Brother Alive is a hallucinatory revelation. With beautifully-written prose, characters that truly leap from the pages, and a rendering of love, both familial and romantic, that made my heart ache, Zain Khalid has announced himself as a writer the world needs to sit up and pay attention to. An exquisitely told, breathtaking, revolutionary book, I barely blinked while reading it and was bereft when I finished it."--Kasim Ali, author of Good Intentions