Home Boy by H. M. Naqvi
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“Naqvi’s fast-paced plot, foul-mouthed erudition and pitch-perfect dialogue make for a stellar debut.”
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They are renaissance men. They are bons vivants. They are three young Pakistani men in New York City at the turn of the millennium: AC, a gangsta-rap-spouting academic; Jimbo, a hulking Pushtun DJ from the streets of Jersey City; and Chuck, a wideeyed kid, fresh off the boat from the homeland, just trying to get by. Things start coming together for Chuck when he unexpectedly secures a Wall Street gig and begins rolling with socialites and scenesters flanked by his pals, who routinely bring down the house at hush-hush downtown haunts. In a city where origins matter less than the talent for self-invention, the three Metrostanis have the guts to claim the place as their own.

But when they embark on a road trip to the hinterland weeks after 9/11 in search of the Shaman, a Gatsbyesque compatriot who seemingly disappears into thin air, things go horribly wrong. Suddenly, they find themselves in a changed, charged America.

Rollicking, bittersweet, and sharply observed, Home Boy is at once an immigrant’s tale, a mystery, and a story of love and loss, as well as a unique meditation on Americana and notions of collective identity. It announces the debut of an original, electrifying voice in contemporary fiction.

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About H. M. Naqvi

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H. M. NAQVI is a graduate of Georgetown and the creative writing program at Boston University. He won the Phelam Prize for poetry and represented Pakistan at the National Poetry Slam in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In recent years, he taught creative writing at B.U., and presently divides his time between Karachi and the U.S. East Coast.
Published August 19, 2009 by Crown. 290 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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since I was a teenager,” he bitterly comments, “it was the first time I understood where they were coming from.” He’s released after 48 hours, but becomes more disenchanted, less exuberant, and eventually decides to return to his homeland.

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Naqvi tells the story of three men in their early twenties who, on one level, live as if there were no tomorrow, partying late night after night, experimenting with drugs, hooking up with young women, getting into brawls.

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Naqvi provides a new voice, a new way of examining and understanding the life of Muslims in New York City after 9/11.

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But the terrorist attacks eventually collide with the trio, and the friends emerge bigger and more interesting from this fast-paced and evocative coming-of-age tale.

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One clear literary analog is Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, as both novels do deal with a Pakistani transnational male protagonist who must deal with the change in New York City after 9/11, but we are also reminded of other books already reviewed in this community such as Nafisa Haj...

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