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“Naqvis fast-paced plot, foul-mouthed erudition and pitch-perfect dialogue make for a stellar debut.”

—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

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 immigrants 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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Beautifully written, sharply observed, and very funny, "Home Boy" is a heartbreaking story of a young immigrant's romance with America.

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Shehzad, aka Chuck, is young, impressionable, and making his way in the world. When he arrives in New York from Pakistan in the late 1990s, the city strikes him as cold and unfamiliar, but things start coming together: Chuck secures a coveted Wall Street job and begins moving with glitterati scenesters. Just as hes beginning to feel like a bona fide New Yorker, however, the good life unravels: He is fired, but undaunted, resorts to working as a cabbie when tragedy strikes. In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Chuck and his pals, AC and Jimbo, find themselves suspected of terrorist activities, accused, and incarcerated.

Beautifully written, sharply observed, and very funny, Home Boy is a heartbreaking story of a young immigrants romance with America.

About the Author

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.

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Elatia Harris, September 7, 2009 (view all comments by Elatia Harris)
This horribly smart, funny novel is all heart -- with a sliver of ice. You won't know what's been done to you -- or, for you -- until you finish reading, but you'll be riveted all the way. The howling dislocation of being a Pakistani in New York just after 9/11 could not possibly be better rendered, nor could the sea change of that era, the grit that settled forever and made us grow up. This is a work of art that helps to define our times, to answer the nagging question: who are we, really? To do all that, it shouldn't be so much fun to read. But it is. It is.
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Louisagordon, September 7, 2009 (view all comments by Louisagordon)
H. M. Naqvi's Home Boy takes the reader to post-9/11 Manhattan through the eyes of Chuck and his two "chums," AC and Jimbo. The three are suddenly wrenched from their bon vivant cosmopolitan lives when they're picked up by the FBI and thrown into a detention center for questioning.

Naqvi's narrative and dialogue are brilliantly rendered, capturing the ethos and ethnicity of the New York experience in tones that for me bring Faulkner to mind rather than Rushdie. Race, religion and tough guy interrogation tactics reveal a coming of age, not only for Chuck and his chums, but everyone in a time when precarious human rights can be dispensed with on the basis of suspicion alone.

By contrast, Naqvi also explores the lifetime bonds of family and friendship. It's a tale of tragedy and laughter, both captured in unforgettable scenes. For instance, the classes and test Chuck has to take before getting his NY cab driver's license after being laid off in the banking business.

H. M. Naqvi is an extraordinary raconteur. His gifts of insight match his gift of gab.
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s.abbas.raza, August 27, 2009 (view all comments by s.abbas.raza)
If you don't read any other fiction this year, read this book. It is the most sharply observed (and affectionate) potrait of New York City life. Naqvi does here what Rushdie failed to do in his novel Fury.

Supremely funny and intelligent!!!

Just buy it NOW!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307409102
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Naqvi, Husain
Author:
Naqvi, H. M.
Publisher:
Crown
Subject:
Literary
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Publication Date:
20090825
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.55 x 5.8 x 1 in .85 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Beautifully written, sharply observed, and very funny, "Home Boy" is a heartbreaking story of a young immigrant's romance with America.
"Synopsis" by , Shehzad, aka Chuck, is young, impressionable, and making his way in the world. When he arrives in New York from Pakistan in the late 1990s, the city strikes him as cold and unfamiliar, but things start coming together: Chuck secures a coveted Wall Street job and begins moving with glitterati scenesters. Just as hes beginning to feel like a bona fide New Yorker, however, the good life unravels: He is fired, but undaunted, resorts to working as a cabbie when tragedy strikes. In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Chuck and his pals, AC and Jimbo, find themselves suspected of terrorist activities, accused, and incarcerated.

Beautifully written, sharply observed, and very funny, Home Boy is a heartbreaking story of a young immigrants romance with America.

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