Three Stars for The Convert

 

What drives a young woman raised in a postwar New York City suburb to convert to Islam, abandon her country and Jewish faith, and embrace a life of exile in Pakistan? THE CONVERT tells the story of how Margaret Marcus of Larchmont became Maryam Jameelah of Lahore, one of the most trenchant and celebrated voices of Islam’s argument with the West. 

"[A] stellar biography that doubles as a mediation on the fraught relationship between America and the Muslim world. [...] This is a cogent, thought-provoking look at a radical life and its rippling consequences." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A significant contemporary figure in Islamic-Western relations becomes human, with all the foibles and angst that word implies. General readers will find this story compelling, while scholars will be pleased with  the insight it brings to an important 20th-century Islamist voice.  Highly recommended." Library Journal (starred review)

"An important, searing, highly readable and timely narrative." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Also read the interviews with author Deborah Baker in Publishers Weekly and Shelf Awareness.

THE CONVERT will be available May 10, 2011 from Graywolf Press.

 

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