The ever-surprising John Updike's twenty-second novel is a
brilliant contemporary fiction that will surely be counted as one
of his most powerful. It tells of eighteen-year-old Ahmad Ashmawy
Mulloy and his devotion to Allah and the words of the Holy Qur'an,
as expounded to him by a local mosque's imam.
The son of an Irish-American mother and an Egyptian father who
disappeared when he was three, Ahmad turned to Islam at the age of
eleven. He feels his faith threatened by the materialistic,
hedonistic society he sees around him in the slumping factory town
of New Prospect, in northern New Jersey. Neither the world-weary,
depressed guidance counselor at Central High School, Jack Levy, nor
Ahmad's mischievously seductive black classmate, Joryleen Grant,
succeeds in diverting the boy from what his religion calls the
Straight Path. When he finds employment in a furniture store owned
by a family of recently immigrated Lebanese, the threads of a plot
gather around him, with reverberations that rouse the Department of
But to quote the Qur'an: "Of those who plot, God is the best."
Center Point Pub
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||Center Point Platinum Fiction (Large Print)
||223 x 154 x 26mm (L x W x T)
||Hardcover - Library binding / Paper over boards / With dust jacket
||large type edition
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