By Pearl Abraham
Develop Uncorrected evidence, American Taliban, a unique, Pearl Abraham, Random residence, writer, 254 pgs., "an intimate portrait of the way a roughly traditional American boy can be seduced through the belief of filing to Islam". . .
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He noted their faraway focus, as if they weren’t quite here, at the table. Not a good sign, he thought, waiting to hear more. There were some awesome double overheaders, John said. Jilly, especially, had the rides of her life. Probably her next life, too. What do you mean, next life? doubting Barbara asked. And why was it only Jilly who experienced this? Katie and Sylvie looked at each other, and at her. Because she went for it, Katie said. But it was more than that, John thought. It was something else, he said, looking to Jilly for confirmation.
She overvalued art and culture in an unknowing aimless way, he thought. She purchased the books on bestseller lists; she booked series tickets in music, theater, and dance for herself and Bill, and now and then included a third ticket for John. 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.
He smiled to reassure, lifted his hand to give them the sign, and discovered he couldn’t: his right forearm was in a cast. He lifted his other hand and was relieved to see it intact, in its own skin. He made a fist, unfolded his pinky and thumb, and Barbara’s fear dissolved, she smiled, became herself again, all busy bustle and chatter. She brushed his hair off his forehead and brought her warm lips to his skin, asked how he felt, while also concentrating on the conversation with the doctor, who was outlining John’s arm and leg bones on film with his infrared pointer.
American Taliban by Pearl Abraham