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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist traces the life and love of Changez, an idealistic young Muslim man who leaves Pakistan to pursue his education in the US. On graduation from Princeton, Changez is recruited to a top job on Wall Street, falls in love with an American woman, Erica, and hopes to achieve a position of status in elite Manhattan society. 

But post-9/11 he finds himself regarded with suspicion by his fellow New Yorkers and his budding relationship with Erica is overshadowed by her personal demons, as well as his own growing paranoia and resentment at the country he has made home.

About the Author

Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid was born in 1971 in Lahore, Pakistan, and he grew up in both Pakistan and the US. 

He studied at Princeton and Harvard Law School, and worked as a management consultant in New York.

Hamid has written journalism for TIME, New York Times, Guardian, Independent and New Statesman.

His first novel, Moth Smoke (2000, Granta) was a New York Times Notable Book, won the Betty Trask First Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for best first novel in America.

Hamid now lives in London.