Thursday, September 6, 2012

American Dervish Giveaway

Sharing books with family and friends and discovering new books from them is fun to me so that’s why I enjoy hosting giveaways from time to time. It’s a great way to share new books with you and through the generosity of publishers be able to provide a few free books along the way.

Akhtar_AmericanDervish_PBAMERICAN DERVISH by Ayad Akhtar was released in trade paperback this week. Thanks to Anna and the good folks at Little, Brown and Company, I have 3 paperback copies and 1 audio book of AMERICAN DERVISH to offer for giveaways.

Here’s a brief synopsis of AMERICAN DERVISH:
Hayat Shah is a young American in love for the first time. His normal life of school, baseball, and video games had previously been distinguished only by his Pakistani heritage and by the frequent chill between his parents, who fight over things he is too young to understand. Then Mina arrives, and everything changes.

Mina is Hayat's mother's oldest friend from Pakistan. She is independent, beautiful and intelligent, and arrives on the Shah's doorstep when her disastrous marriage in Pakistan disintegrates. Even Hayat's skeptical father can't deny the liveliness and happiness that accompanies Mina intodownload their home. Her deep spirituality brings the family's Muslim faith to life in a way that resonates with Hayat as nothing has before. 

Studying the Quran by Mina's side and basking in the glow of her attention, he feels an entirely new purpose mingled with a growing infatuation for his teacher.

When Mina meets and begins dating a man, Hayat is confused by his feelings of betrayal. His growing passions, both spiritual and romantic, force him to question all that he has come to believe is true. Just as Mina finds happiness, Hayat is compelled to act -- with devastating consequences for all those he loves most.

American Dervish is a brilliantly written, nuanced, and emotionally forceful look inside the interplay of religion and modern life. Ayad Akhtar was raised in the Midwest himself, and through Hayat Shah he shows readers vividly the powerful forces at work on young men and women growing up Muslim in America. This is an intimate, personal first novel that will stay with readers long after they turn the last page.

To enter this giveaway, send me an e-mail ( with the subject line, “Win AMERICAN DERVISH.” Your message should include your name and mailing address. Please be sure to tell me which format you would prefer - paperback or audio or if either will be fine. The contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only and no post office box addresses can be accepted. In addition, Canadian residents have to include their telephone number. And, just so you know, I don’t share this information with anyone other than the publisher nor use it for any other purpose. The deadline to enter this giveaway for a chance at one of 3 paperback copies and 1 audio book of AMERICAN DERVISH will be 8 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, Sept. 20.

You can listen to an excerpt of the book by clicking on this link. To view a video where the author talks about writing AMERICAN DERVISH, click on this link. You can also find AMERICAN DERVISH on Facebook.


Thanks so much for stopping by today. Remember to send me an email for a chance to win a copy of AMERICAN DERVISH.


  1. Mason - This sounds like a really intriguing story! The setting and culture add a lot to it and the characters sound like they're well-developed. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh, I would love to win this one. I have a multicultural blog for books started.

    Thank you for entering me.

  3. If it's not too much trouble, I would like the softcover.


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