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Summer of '42

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A classic coming-of-age story and international best seller. Captivating and evocative, Herman Raucher's semi-autobiographical tale has been made into a record-breaking Academy Award-nominated hit movie, adapted for the stage, and enchanted for generations. In the summer of 1942, Hermie is 15. He is wildly obsessed with sex, and passionately in love with an "older woman" of 22, whose husband is overseas and at war. Ambling through Nantucket Island with his friends, Hermie's indelible narration chronicles his frantic efforts to become a man, especially one worthy of the lovely Dorothy, as well as his glorious and heartbreaking initiation into sex.

©1971 Herman Raucher (P)2017 Herman Raucher

Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
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Homeland Elegies

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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Disgraced and American Dervish: An immigrant father and his son search for belonging - in post-Trump America, and with each other. "Passionate, disturbing, unputdownable." (Salman Rushdie) A deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, Homeland Elegies blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home. Ayad Akhtar forges a new narrative voice to capture a country in which debt has ruined countless lives and the gods of finance rule, where immigrants live in fear, and where the nation's unhealed wounds wreak havoc around the world. Akhtar attempts to make sense of it all through the lens of a story about one family, from a heartland town in America to palatial suites in Central Europe to guerrilla lookouts in the mountains of Afghanistan, and spares no one - least of all himself - in the process.

©2020 Ayad Akhtar (P)2020 Little, Brown & Company

Narrator: Ayad Akhtar
Author: Ayad Akhtar
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
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The Invisible Hand

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A chilling examination of how far we will go to survive and the consequences of the choices we make. In remote Pakistan, Nick Bright awaits his fate. A successful financial trader, Nick is kidnapped by an Islamic militant group, but with no one negotiating his release, he agrees to an unusual plan. He will earn his own ransom by helping his captors manipulate and master the world commodities and currency markets.

©2015 Ayad Akhtar (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Ayad Akhtar
Author: Ayad Akhtar
Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
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American Dervish

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Audie Award Nominee, Narration by the Author or Authors, 2013 Hayat Shah was captivated by Mina long before he met her: his mother's beautiful, brilliant, and soulfully devout friend is a family legend. When he learns that Mina is leaving Pakistan to live with the Shahs in America, Hayat is thrilled. Hayat's father is less enthusiastic. He left the fundamentalist world behind with reason. What no one expects is that when Mina shows Hayat the beauty and power of the Quran, it will utterly transform the boy. Mina's real magic may be that the Shah household, always contentious and sad, becomes a happy one. But when Mina finds her own path to happiness, the ember of jealousy in Hayat's heart is enflamed by the community's anti-Semitism-and he acts with catastrophic consequences for those he loves most.

©2011 Ayad Akhtar (P)2011 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Ayad Akhtar
Author: Ayad Akhtar
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
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