By Pearl Abraham
Enhance Uncorrected facts, American Taliban, a unique, Pearl Abraham, Random condo, writer, 254 pgs., "an intimate portrait of ways a roughly usual American boy should be seduced via the belief of filing to Islam". . .
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To broaden his mind, she said. It’s good for you, she said, to have the occasional experience of civilized adult life. She liked seeing him in a suit, his hair combed, appearing in public as a mensch, one of several New York words she dropped, though she wasn’t really from New York. C. The general election was coming up in November, she was planning to host her usual fund-raiser at their Adams Morgan house, and she would try to engage him in various tasks, his contribution to the cause, she would call it.
But still, I’m sorry for her. John wasn’t sure what Katie could have done. Refuse the prize, perhaps. Or better yet refuse to continue without Jilly in the water. In the heat of the moment it would have been hard to predict how things would turn out, and Katie couldn’t have known that she’d place first. So it really wasn’t her fault. So what was he holding against her? Perhaps she didn’t have to celebrate quite so victoriously, given what happened. Why? Katie asked, watching his face. Do you think I should have done more?
He wondered whether she understood the challenge and, if she did, was it a case of knowing things or knowing herself. He, John, already knew a few things. Numero uno: that he had no desire to follow his lawyer father into law and certainly not his pseudo-doctor mother into psychotherapy. He wouldn’t be that kind of achiever, working eight to seven to pay the bills on the Adams Morgan town house and on their second home, the beach house in Southern Shores, which purchase he’d had a definite hand in, steering them away from Virginia Beach where they were looking, farther down the coast to the Outer Banks, where the best surf on the East Coast could be had.
American Taliban by Pearl Abraham