Welcome to Americastan
About the Book

"Jabeen Akhtar has a fresh and original voice and a perspective that I have never seen before. She is also very funny." - Bapsi Sidhwa

Samira, a Pakistani-American, returns home to her family in North Carolina after being dumped by her boyfriend of eight years (for her best friend), fired from her job (because she ended up in jail) and finding herself on the FBI’s terror watch list (after trying to run over her ex).

But living at home with her somewhat eccentric and almost-dysfunctional family proves to be both tricky and exhausting. Between learning to make aloo kofta curry, entertaining cousins from Pakistan, watching her mother spiking the punch with Captain Morgan rum, nursing her broken heart and having the Pakistani American Council foisted on her by her father, Samira cannot escape situations that are challenging, comical and, quite often, downright bizarre.

Welcome to Americastan is a hilarious, delightfully irreverent yet thoughtful look at the Pakistani community in America—the double lives led by the young who debate the significance of animal sacrifice while sipping cocktails; atheists who agree to having a maulvi perform their wedding just to please their parents; and parties with an open bar, but only for the goras!

With effervescent humour and wit, Jabeen Akhtar turns every stereotype of Muslim–Americans on its head in this quirky, refreshingly candid debut novel.

About the author

Jabeen Akhtar is a Pakistani-American who was born in London and grew up in the United States. She spent seven years writing environmental regulations for the US Federal Government. She lives in Washington DC with her television and two plants. Visit www.jabeenakhtar.com

Book Details
ISBN-13: 9780670085316
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publisher Imprint: Penguin Books
Language: ENGLISH
ISBN-10: 0670085316
Publisher Date: 09 Jan 2011
No of Pages: 280