Inspired by ‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh, this compelling novel from the award-winning John Wray tells the story of a young girl leaving her home, family and country for radical Islam
In California her name was Aden Grace Sawyer. In Pakistan she must choose a different name – Suleyman – and take on a new identity as a young man. She has travelled a long way to begin her new life, and she’ll travel further to protect her secret.
But once she is on the ground, Aden finds herself in more danger than she could have dreamed. Faced with violence and loss, she must make intense and unimaginable choices that will test not only her faith, but her understanding of who she is.
Compelling, unnerving and timely, Godsend is a subtle masterpiece of empathy: a study of what it means for a person to give themselves to their faith, and how far they will go from home to find a place to belong.
“Frequently mesmerising … This is a significant literary performance”
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“Rawly unsentimental but illuminated throughout by a subtle compassion, Godsend is a novel of enormous emotional intelligence which makes for compelling and consistently unpredictable reading”
“The 9/11 novel that finally understands the fulfilments of faith … It is not only Wray’s heroine but also his novel that comes of age, steadily deepening and astounding as it develops … Godsend impresses because Wray is so fearlessly committed to his fictional world, and to his own depiction of it”
“Illuminating … Extraordinary”
“Wray’s storytelling is so taut, his psychology so audacious”
John Wray is the author of five novels, including The Lost Time Accidents and Lowboy. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin, and has been named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. A citizen of both the United States and Austria, he lives in New York City.
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