Good Country

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Alireza Courdee, a 14-year-old, straight-A student, takes his first hit of pot. In that moment, he is transformed from the high-achieving son of Iranian immigrants into a happy-go-lucky stoner. He loses his virginity, starts surfing, cuts classes and lies to his father. For the first time, Reza – now Rez – feels like an all-American teen. Then a terror incident shocks the nation. As fears escalate, his newfound friends withdraw and Rez becomes increasingly isolated, an object of suspicion because of his name and skin colour. Now he can only relate to Arash, a fellow Muslim student, and beautiful Fatima, who starts wearing a hijab and going to the local mosque. Little by little, Reza is drawn into a troubling new world.

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The powerful, moving story of a California teenager from an immigrant family who, finding himself in an increasingly hostile world, is turned from a carefree surfer’s life towards a culture of fear and fanaticism

Fourteen-year-old Alireza Courdee contains multitudes. He is a straight-A student and an affable stoner; the high-achieving son of Iranian immigrants, and a Californian surf kid; Alireza, and just plain Rez. But when a terror incident shocks the nation – and then another, and another – Rez finds that the world has only one idea about the type of person he is; that his name and the colour of his skin make him an object of suspicion.

But there are new friends to shine a light into Rez’s isolated, angry existence – Arash, a fellow Muslim student, and the beautiful Fatima. Little by little, Rez is drawn into a new circle, a circle as troubling as it is consoling – and which has a grim and glorious mission in mind for him.

Insightful, nuanced and timely, A Good Country is an unforgettable coming-of-age story which deftly captures a young man’s alienation and search for identity in a flawed and violent world.

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Weight 0.186 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.7 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

239

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

813.6 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K