The Reluctant Fundamentalist
2009 Shortlist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

At a café table in Lahore, a Pakistani man converses with a stranger. He begins the tale that has brought him to this fateful meeting…

Among the brightest of his graduating class at Princeton, Changez is snapped up by an elite firm and thrives in New York. His infatuation with fragile Erica promises entrée into Manhattan society. For a time, it seems as though nothing will stand in the way of his rise. But in the wake of September 11, he finds his position in the city he loves overturned, and his budding relationship with Erica eclipsed by the reawakened ghosts of her past. Changez’s own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and even love.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Mohsin
Hamid

Mohsin Hamid writes regularly for The New York Times, the Guardian and the New York Review of Books, and is the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Moth Smoke, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia and Discontent and its Civilisations. Born and mostly raised in Lahore, he has since lived between Lahore, London and New York.

Mohsin Hamid writes regularly for The New York Times, the Guardian and the New York Review of Books, and is the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Moth Smoke, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia and Discontent and its Civilisations. Born and mostly raised in Lahore, he has since lived between Lahore, London and New York.

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