My new book, Conditional Citizens, comes out on September 22nd. It’s about belonging and unbelonging in the United States, an experience I know I share with many of you and that can be especially intense these days. An adapted excerpt appears in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine. I hope you’ll take a look and add the book to your reading list.
Conditional Citizens was included in many fall preview lists, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time, Entertainment Weekly, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In the weeks before publication, I did an interview with Tom Beer for the cover story of Kirkus Reviews.
In other news, my most recent novel, The Other Americans, won the Arab American Book Award in fiction. In France, it made the longlist of the Grand Prix de littérature américaine. (The French translation was completed by Aurélie Tronchet.) New audio recordings of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits and Secret Son, voiced by the actor Fajer al-Kaisi, were released by Penguin Random House Audio.
In the last few weeks, I’ve been spending a lot less time online; it may take me a while to read or respond to emails and queries. I hope you’re all staying healthy, and that you’re managing to remain sane during this pandemic.