A Good Country

A Good Country

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"Laguna Beach, California, 2009. Alireza Courdee, a fourteen-year-old straight-A student and chemistry whiz, takes his first hit of pot. In as long as it takes to inhale and exhale, he is transformed from the high-achieving son of Iranian immigrants into a happy-go-lucky stoner. He loses his virginity, takes up surfing, and sneaks away to all-night raves. For the first time, Reza--now Rez--feels like an American teen. Life is smooth; even lying to his strict father comes easily. But then he changes again, falling out with the bad boy surfers and in with a group of kids more awake to the world around them, who share his background, and whose ideas fill him with a very different sense of purpose. Within a year, Reza and two friends are making their way to Syria to join in the fight. Timely, nuanced, and emotionally forceful, A Good Country is a gorgeous meditation on modern life, religious radicalization, and a young man caught among vastly different worlds. What we are left with at the dramatic end is not an assessment of good or evil, east versus west, but a lingering question that applies to all souls: Does a person decide how to live, or is their life decided for them? "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2017
ISBN: 9781632865847
Branch Call Number: KHADIVI
Characteristics: 239 pages ; 25 cm


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"When Reza Courdee—a well-off, Iranian American teen—is befriended by a charismatic Muslim boy, he’s awakened to the world’s injustices. Khadivi’s timely novel illustrates how the perfect storm of teenage cruelty, racism, and tragedy can create an extremist." --Booklist

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May 21, 2018

A lovely book that explores the experience of the American son of Iranian immigrants. It sensitively describes the experience of being on the receiving end of Islamaphobia, without descending into stereotypes or preaching at the reader. The central dilemma is described in a thoughtful and nuanced manner. Highly recommend.


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