Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Intense. If there was ever a year that demanded the lamentations we find in a finely written elegy, it is 2020. In his novel titled, Homeland Elegies, Ayad Akhtar offers an intense narrative about finding one’s place in contemporary America, especially for those raised in a different culture. The novel draws us into the dynamics of a single family and their problems and issues, which provide a mirror in which we can see ourselves and others. This novel is an uncomfortable and cleareyed look at capitalism and the current reality of the American dream. There is raw disillusionment on these pages, and heartbreak. By the end of the novel, our feelings for a father, a son, and for the United States have commingled and we join our voices in an intense song of lament at our common predicament. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Homeland Elegies from amazon.com.