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Book Title

The Convert

Subtitle
A Tale of Exile and Extremism
Author 1
Deborah Baker
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What drives a woman raised in a postwar New York City suburb to convert to Islam, abandon her country and Jewish faith, and embrace a life of permanent exile in Pakistan? The Convert, a finalist for the National Book Award and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2011, tells the gripping story of how Margaret Marcus of Larchmont became Maryam Jameelah of Lahore.

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$15.00
ISBN
ISBN
978-1-55597-627-9
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Format
Paperback
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Pages
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272
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5.5 x 8.25
Keynote
A spellbinding story of renunciation, conversion, and radicalism from Pulitzer Prize-finalist biographer Deborah Baker

About the Author

Deborah  Baker
Credit: Julienne Schaer
Deborah Baker is the author of The Last Englishmen; Making a Farm; In Extremis, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography; A Blue Hand; and The Convert, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in India and New York.

http://www.deborahbaker.net/
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Praise

  • “Sexual secrets? Suspense? Drama? Reversals? They’re all here. . . . [Deborah] Baker’s captivating account conveys the instability, faith, politics, and improbable cultural migration that make [Maryam] Jameelah’s life story so difficult to sum up yet impossible to dismiss.”The New York Times Book Review
  • “[The Convert] is more than a biography; it gets at the heart of the ongoing conflict between Islam and the West.”Marie Claire
  • “[A] profoundly disorienting biography. . . . The life story of Maryam Jameelah seems to have alternately fascinated, disturbed, and unsettled Deborah Baker. It is guaranteed to do the same to her readers.”The Christian Science Monitor
  • “There are many conversions in this complicated story; questions raised that illuminate a subtle relationship between the two cultures rarely revealed anywhere else.”—Los Angeles Times
Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements

This book is made possible through a partnership with the College of St. Benedict, in honor of the legacy of S. Mariella Gable, a distinguished teacher at the College, and by the generosity of Graywolf Press donors like you.
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