“Mabkhout's sprawling American debut follows the Tunisian boyhood of Abdel Nasser, and, years later, his inexplicable assault on an imam at his father's funeral.... The novel asks important questions: What agency does an individual have in a society in flux? What role do political and moral philosophies play in individual or communal life? At novel's end, readers understand why Abdel assaulted the imam.”
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