West of Kabul, East of New York

An Afghan American Story

Tamim Ansary

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The day after the World Trade Center was destroyed, Tamim Ansary sent an anguished e-mail to twenty friends, discussing the attack from his perspective as an Afghan American. The message reached millions. Born to an Afghan father and American mother, Ansary grew up in the intimate world of Afghan family life and emigrated to San Francisco thinking he’d left Afghan culture behind forever. At the height of the Iranian Revolution, however, he took a harrowing journey through the Islamic world, and in the years that followed, he struggled to unite his divided self and to find a place in his imagination where his Afghan and American identities might meet.

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Praise for West of Kabul, East of New York

“A book that steadies our skittering compass...It speaks with a modesty of tone and is all the more resonant for that reason....[It] sees things we cannot make out, and need to.” —The New York Times

“[This] powerful, timely book, written with clarity and eloquence, chronicles [Ansary’s] angst and his personal journey through two conflicting cultures....We come to see the humanity behind the country that has come into the international spotlight.” —The Mercury News (San Jose)

“[Ansary’s] descriptions of his Afghan childhood are luxe and delicious....The author’s profound, complicated homesickness burns across every page.” —Esquire

“[An] emotional and moving memoir, driven by passion and intelligence...It breaks the heart.” —The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

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About the Author

Tamim Ansary

Tamim Ansary, who has written numerous books for children, is a columnist for Encarta. He lives in San Francisco, California, with his wife and their two children.

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West of Kabul, East of New York
An Afghan American Story
Tamim Ansary

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
March 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312421519
ISBN10: 0312421516
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$16.00

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e-Book Agency
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
March 2003
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429935968
ISBN10: 1429935960
304 pages
$9.99
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