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