The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid
At a cafe table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani Man converses with an uneasy American stranger. As dusk deepens, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful encounter.
Changez is living an immigrant's dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is recruited by the elite valuation firm of Underwood Samson. He thrives on the energy of New York, and his budding romance with elegant, beautiful Erica promises entry into Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by his own family back in Lahore.
In the wake of September 11, Changez's life is suddenly overturned and his relationship with Erica is eclipsed by ghosts of her past. Changez's own identity undergoes a seismic shift, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power and love.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a brilliantly unsettling exploration of unexpected connections between the political and the personal. This is a must-read in light of current news events.
~ Carol K.