TIMELY THEMES: Farah gives us a nuanced, sympathetic depiction of a family grappling with radical Islam, xenophobia, displacement, and questions of identity -politically, culturally, philosophically, and personally. Like the works of Mohsin Hamid, Dinaw Mengestu, and others, it humanizes, and invites readers to engage with, these fraught contemporary issues in a powerful and accessible way.
PRE-PUB BUZZ: Kirkus hailed North of Dawn as “a beacon of hope against fear and loathing” in a glowing starred review, while Booklist praised the novel as “a soulful look at the divide between zealous ideology and secularism” and Vanity Fair included on a round-up of Fall’s Best Books from Around the World.
MEDIA HOOKS: With pro- and anti-immigration movements and acts of extremism continuing to make headlines around the world, there will be ample media pegs for Farah and this book. He is already a go-to figure for op eds and essays on extremist movements in East Africa.
ACCLAIMED AUTHOR: Farah’s previous novel, Hiding in Plain Sight, was published to a chorus of critical praise from the likes of NPR and the New York Times Book Review; the New York Review of Books has deemed him the “most important African novelist to emerge in the past twenty-five years,” and his name continues to be invoked in conjunction with the Nobel.
“Farah writes smart, surprising, elegant prose.” -Washington Post
“A political novel that is also a family drama-a searing, necessary story about identity, xenophobia, and family loyalty from a Nobel Prize nominee.” -Marie Claire
“Powerful and timely.” -Real Simple
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