The Return of Faraz Ali


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Riverhead Books
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6.1 X 9.0 X 1.4 inches | 1.18 pounds

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About the Author

A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Aamina Ahmad has received a Stegner Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and a Rona Jaffe Writers' Award. Her short fiction has appeared in One Story, The Southern Review, Ecotone, and elsewhere; she is also the author of a play, The Dishonored. She lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota.


Advance praise for The Return of Faraz Ali:

"This novel has everything a reader could ask for: a sizzling, noirlike plot; political intrigue juxtaposed with a rich intergenerational family saga; capacious, conflicted characters, including women who may be marginalized by society but are masters of their own narratives; and sublime sentences. A debut novelist, Ahmad manages this complexity seamlessly. A feat of storytelling not to be missed." -Kirkus (starred review)

"The Return of Faraz Ali heralds the arrival of a strikingly accomplished and mature talent. Ahmad has managed to meld fast-paced, intelligent noir with a devastating portrait of the true costs of ambition and desire. Does not let you go, even after the end." -Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King

"A rich and deeply moving novel about confronting histories both personal and political. Marvelous." -Yaa Gyasi, author of Homegoing and Transcendent Kingdom

"Aamina Ahmad has done the impossible: made her literary debut with an enduring classic. Essential and compelling." - Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Master's Son and Fortune Smiles

"A gripping read -- everything beautifully evoked, from the alleys of the Old City to the atmosphere of corruption and secrets. Noir with a heart."--Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire

"Mesmerizing . That a novel so epic in scope can remain so intimate at heart is nothing short of astonishing." - Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena