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Home boy : a novel
H. M. Naqvi
Adult Fiction NAQVI

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Naqvi's debut novel introduces Chuck, a 20-something Pakistani living in New York and one of the most engaging protagonists to come along in a while. After moving from Karachi to attend NYU, Chuck readily adapts to the customs of his new home-especially those involving alcohol, cocaine and skirt chasing-but he's not the average drunk college kid: he and his friends, AC and Jimbo, are like a Pakistani-American version of the Three Musketeers-in their own eyes, "boulevardiers, raconteurs, renaissance men." After graduating, Chuck lands a job as an investment banker (his mother's idea), and after a good run, he's fired during a brief economic downturn. Shortly thereafter, his former office building, 7 World Trade Center, is the third building to go down on 9/11. Suddenly, the act of the debonair dandy is a little harder to pull off: with no job, little money, and the rapidly increasing hostility of Americans towards all things Muslim, Chuck struggles to make sense of his newfound status as an outsider. Naqvi's fast-paced plot, foul-mouthed erudition and pitch-perfect dialogue make for a stellar debut. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Shehzad, aka Chuck, arrived in New York as a naOve student of literature, but it didn't take him long to form a tight-knit community of family, friends, hangouts, and hipsters. His two closest friends are Jimbo and A.C. The three flourish in New York, not rich and not poor but having a tremendous time until September 11, 2001. Suddenly, the city they know and love is no longer the welcoming place of endless possibilities that it was. They are all Pakistanis (via New Jersey for Jimbo), but really they are New Yorkers-New Yorkers viewed with suspicion, even hatred, literally overnight. An ill-advised road trip to check on a friend not heard from since 9/11 sets into action a chain of events that changes the lives of all three men forever. In this coming-of-age story and a novel about a modern immigrant experience, Naqvi provides a unique perspective and intelligent insight into a very tense time in American history. Verdict Original, well researched, and sharply observed, this debut is recommended for modern fiction readers and fans of memoir.-Shaunna Hunter, Hampden-Sydney Coll. Lib., VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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