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By Channa Wickremesekera

“Allah shouldn’t have published lots to the Prophet. It simply makes pious humans like us suffer.”

So muses Khalid Khan, a seventeen-year-old Afghan boy residing in Melbourne. Khalid is like every different boy his age in Australia. He loves his footy and his mum’s cooking. He reveals his dad’s idiosyncrasies endearing and fun. he is taking each chance to tease his sister, Aisha. And he's tethered to his cellular and has a overwhelm on a woman at school.

Khalid additionally believes in Allah, even though he occasionally wonders if it is any such reliable notion to transform each person on the planet to Islam.

One Friday morning, the quiet suburban lifetime of Khalid’s relations is became the other way up whilst an unwelcome customer seems on the door. What follows is a hilarious—and poignant—intercultural stumble upon that explores love, socioeconomics, and faith and uncovers our universal humanity even in the middle of difference.

“A enjoyable novel written in a jaunty youngster voice—a novel that attempts to tip our assumptions on their heads and succeeds.” —Anna Funder, writer of Stasiland and All That I Am

“This is a well timed novel, written with bold and mind's eye. It bargains with subject matters that we urgently have to have interaction with and mirror upon, demanding situations that cry out for a long-overdue nationwide conversation.” —Arnold Zable, writer of Cafe ScheherazadeThe Fig Tree, and Violin Lessons

About the Author

Channa Wickremesekera is a Sri Lankan-born author and researcher in Melbourne. moreover to Asylum (Palaver 2015), his prior works of fiction include Walls (self-published 2002), Distant Warriors (Hussein Publishing condo 2005), In a similar Boat (Bay Owl Press 2010), and Tracks (self-published 2015), all of which take care of the migrant adventure. He is also a historian who researches the army background of South Asia. His released works of heritage include Best Black Troops on the planet: British Perceptions and the Making of the Sepoy, 1746–1805 (Manohar 2002) and Kandy at warfare: Indigenous army Resistance to eu growth in Sri Lanka, 1594–1818 (Vijitha Yapa guides 2004). a 3rd publication at the separatist struggle in Sri Lanka can be released in overdue 2015.

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