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An American Brat

Sidhwa, Bapsi

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ISBN 10: 0915943735 / ISBN 13: 9780915943739
Editorial: Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A., 1993
Condición: Near Fine
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Signed and Inscribed. First Edition. NF/NF. Hardcover, maroon boards with gilt titles, DJ, 317 pp, very slight shelfwear to DJ, else a clean and crisp copy. Protected in a Brodart cover. N° de ref. de la librería 110304

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Título: An American Brat

Editorial: Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Año de publicación: 1993

Condición del libro:Near Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine

Edición: First Edition

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As An American Brat opens in Pakistan, the extended family of sixteen-year-old Feroza Ginwalla, a lively and temperamental young girl, agonize over the decision to send Feroza to America for a three-month holiday? This act of apparent audacity arises from concern over Feroza's conservative attitudes which stem from Pakistan's rising tide of fundamentalism.
Feroza's chaperone in America, an uncle only six years her senior, is her guide, friend, and the bane of her existence. Her relationships and adventures shape her alternately hilarious and terrifying perceptions of America. Feroza's family in Pakistan, meanwhile, are in delicious turmoil over the possibility that American ways will ruin her.
In the tradition of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club and Gish Jen's Typical American, An American Brat brings insight while entertaining readers with an enormously satisfying story and characters. Sidhwa allows us to see Americans from the point of view of newcomers - an occasionally unsettling perspective - while gently illuminating the potentially destructive influence of fundamentalism on a culture and individuals.

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Pakistan-born Sidhwa--who created the endearing Junglewalla clan in The Crow Eaters (1982)--limns the more sobering experiences of one of the clan's descendants in the States. A member herself of the ancient Parsi sect to which the Junglewallas--as well as the protagonist here, Feroza Ginwalla- -belong, Sidhwa makes this sect one of the many strands that affect young Feroza as she seeks to make a new life for herself. The only daughter of affluent Fareen and Cyrus Ginwalla, 16-year-old Feroza has enjoyed an indulged childhood. But when Fareen, uneasy with the growing fundamentalism in Islamic Pakistan, sees even her fearless and self-willed daughter sympathizing with the new dispensation (Feroza objects to Fareen's wearing a sleeveless sari-blouse), she decides to send the girl to the US for a three-month visit with her young uncle Manek, an MIT student--a visit that turns into four years at college and the decision to settle in the country Feroza loves ``despite her growing knowledge of its faults.'' It is the anatomy of the decision to stay on that makes this book so distinctive, as Sidhwa contrasts the warm, loving world of family and religious faith back home with the difficulties of Feroza's adjustment in a strange and colder place. The decision is based not only on the comforts the US offers but also, especially for a woman, on its tolerance and freedom. And though her love affair with a Jewish student falters over irreconcilable religious differences, Feroza realizes that one day she might marry--but now ``more sure of herself, she wouldn't let anyone interfere.'' Understandably less exuberant than Sidhwa's first novel (though scenes back in Lahore recapture some of the wry affection for family eccentricities)--but, still, Feroza exactly reflects the dilemmas of those born in the Third World who can flourish only in another. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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