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By Porochista Khakpour

From the seriously acclaimed writer of Sons and different Flammable Objects comes a daring fabulist novel a few feral boy coming of age in long island, in line with a legend from the medieval Persian epic the Shahnameh, the Book of Kings.

In an Iranian village, Zal’s demented mom, horrified via the pallor of his epidermis and hair, is confident she has given delivery to a "white demon." She hides him in a birdcage for the subsequent decade. Rescued by means of a behavioral analyst, Zal awakens in long island to the potential for a destiny. A stunted and undeserving adolescent, he strives to turn into human as he stumbles towards maturity. As manhattan survives one strength catastrophe, Y2K, and starts off hurtling towards one other, Sept. 11, Zal unearths himself in a solid of fellow outsiders. A friendship with a recognized illusionist who claims--to the chicken Boy’s delight--that he can fly and an affair with a disturbed artist who believes she is clairvoyant ship Zal’s existence spiraling into chaos. just like the remainder of big apple, he's on a collision path with devastation.

In tones haunting but funny and unflinching but reverential, The final Illusion explores the powers of storytelling whereas investigating magical considering. Its lyricism, inventiveness, and exam of otherness can attract readers of Salman Rushdie and Helen Oyeyemi. A celebrated chronicler of the 9/11-era, Khakpour reimagines New York’s such a lot harrowing disaster with a stunning homage to her liked city.

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