Evel Knievel Days PDF í Evel Knievel MOBI :Þ

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Evel Knievel Days [EPUB] ✶ Evel Knievel Days Author Pauls Toutonghi – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk From the critically acclaimed author of Red Weather comes a heartwarming witty story of immigration and belonging false starts and new beginnings and finding out what home truly means   Khosi Sar h From the critically acclaimed author of Red Weather comes a heartwarming witty story of immigration and belonging false starts and new beginnings and finding out what home truly means   Khosi Sar Evel Knievel MOBI :Þ has always felt a bit out of place in Butte Montana hometown of motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel  Half Egyptian full of nervous habits raised by a single mother owner of a name that no one can pronounce Khosi has never uite managed to fit in But when a mysterious stranger arrives in town and Khosi's longtime love uses Butte's annual festival Evel Knievel Days as a time to announce her impending marriage to someone else Khosi takes his first daredevil like risk and travels to Egypt to find his father and a connection to his heritage    What he discovers in Cairo is much startling than he'd imagined it could be The city is a thrilling mix of contradictions and locating his father turns out to be the easy part Through mistaken identity delicious food and near tragedy Khosi and his parents rediscover what it means to be connected to each other to a family and to a culture   The timely story of a young man searching for his roots and along the way finding his identity Evel Knievel Days is Khosi’s charming and funny journey to learn where he came from and who he is“A funny heart warming compulsively readable novel about the unbreakable bonds of family — and baklava”    —Garth Stein New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain.


10 thoughts on “Evel Knievel Days

  1. Skip Skip says:

    45 stars I am not sure I can explain exactly why I liked this book so much It's about a 20 year old man who suffers from OCD living in Butte Montana working at an old mining baron museum He is the product of a broken marriage with an Egyptian father who deserted his family with a crushing gambling debt Khosi Sar goes to Cairo to track down his father and discovers much It has elements of fantasy ghosts culture and cooking deep familial love regrets physical and mental illnesses and humor Kudos to Toutonghi for writing such a richly rewarding book Also a spectacular cover should have been a 2012 award winner Highly recommended


  2. Robin Robin says:

    This is one of those books I would have never picked up as I have absolutely no interest in Evel Knievel when spouse saw the book in my basket said Are you reading about Evel Knievel?? and the cover doesn't exactly scream pick me up and read me now so I never thought about bringing it home However when uerying library staff for their favorite books of 2012 this was mentioned and to my delight found it is not only a wonderful book so far but it's authored by an Oregon writer Final words on this book I found it to be a wonderful read and enjoyed it thoroughly It's not often I find a book I can recommend to just about anyone but this is one I'll be raving about to many friends and patrons It has vivid settings Butte Montana and Cairo Egypt well drawn and sympathetic characters and a compelling storyline with lots of gorgeous writing This has a lot of heart and I hope this author gets the attention he deserves While I was reading this the word uirky came to mind and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to readers of Ann Tyler and Jonathan Tropper


  3. Iris Iris says:

    I received a review copy of this book from the publisher This review was originally posted at Iris on BooksKhosi Sar has lived in Butte Montana all his life He is a tour guide at the museum and he helps his mother with her catering business by tasting her food As a little bit of an obsessive compulsive he likes order in his life Every night before he leaves the museum he makes sure all the documents and pencils are sorted When he was a child he sorted the colouring pencils making sure he did not overuse one colour in favour of another His life in Butte is comfortable though you can locate cracks in his comfort When his long time friend and love tells him on the evening of the annual Evel Knievel Days festival that she is engaged to marry someone else the safety of his world comes tumbling downEarlier that day someone visited him in the museum a mysterious stranger that seemed excessively interested in Khosi Khosi was raised by his mother his father fleeing the country and his family debts leaving behind his three year old son and his wife Khosi has always been happy with his mother but now he feels he needs to know about his father Receiving the final push when he realises his long time love may not wait for him he decides that it is time to be a little adventurous And so Khosi travels to Egypt to find his fatherIf I am completely honest I was not sure if I should agree to read and review this book when I received the uery in my mailbox I felt the execution of the premise could go both ways it could be horribly clichéd and painful to read or it might turn out wonderfully layered and lovely A boy growing up in a local town with a festival with a local museum missing intimate knowledge of his father's side of the family travelling to Egypt which has all too often been portrayed in an orientalist fashion in fiction I was hesitant I wish I could say I was not but I was How do you decide if a book is for you or not? In this case I waited a few days contemplated the book a little And then I saw a tweet by Bellezza about how she was loving it That convinced me that the best thing to see whether I would like it or not was to try reading it And boy am I glad I didSee I think that Tolstoy was wrong Unhappy families are all alike They're all alike in this moment in this pause before something happens in the pause before someone reacts And that pause It can last seconds or minutes or days or months or yearsKhosi Sar is one of the main reasons that I enjoyed Evel Knievel Days so much He is incredibly smart but has also lived in a safety bubble created by himself his whole life He never left home for college he never travelled on his own he is afraid of losing his friends who are all moving to other places for their jobs He never mentions the fact that he might be limiting himself in his experiences he never comes out to say he might be a little unhappy and I'm not sure if he is really He doesn't wallow he is satisfied he is humorous but he is also observant and he will not hide from the painful He never outright tells you that he is an obsessive compulsive but you read about it in his descriptions his observations and his behaviour; Khosi is caught up in a struggle to keep some form of control over his life It is the way in which the reader is told these things that made me unable to look away Instead I just had to keep on seeing Khosi and allow him into my heart a littleWhat's it like to be the child of an immigrant? I know and I don't know both I have a family tree somewhere but I don't know where and it's probably in Arabic or possibly French or possibly both The past the history of my family is a strange and hybrid beast On the one side exhaustively documented I live and work in its midst But on the other side nothing No body no clothes no cane no toupee no set of dentures no artifacts whatsoever Only a vocabulary that vanishes as soon as it's fashioned into language Only the vocabulary of exile and disappearanceThen there is the way in which Toutonghi handles the uestion of being a child of parents from different countries of growing up between two cultures There is very little cliché about it Instead the pain and the beauty of it are acknowledged and especially the prejudices of growing up with a father who may be Christian but by being Egyptian is often easily euated with Islam and radicalism I loved how Khosi remarks on the Western perception of Islam of Egypt Of how we're so selective in what is represented and remembered As Khosi says no one seems to know that innovation was praised by Mohammed because we believe it to be a Western concept In travelling between Butte and Cairo Khosi shows us the best and the worst of both places as he perceives it and he constantly shows us how intelligent he is Not that he is a boasting sort of character not at all but his remarks are just incredibly smart and beautifulWas the humour always to my taste? Not always But I feel as if I am nitpicking trying to come up with something critical to say about this book You see the thing is it might not be this year's masterpiece and it might not turn out to be my all year favourite but thinking of this book all I can think of are the positive all I can do is smile for fondnessIt was meeting Khosi and seeing him grow into himself a little that made me enjoy this book But it was also Toutonghi's way with words the numerous uote worthy passages the many beautiful descriptions And it was the warmth of the story I do not think I can find a better word for it warmth really is the right word to use Warm and charming and wonderful I am sure I will be thinking back to Khosi from time to time in the upcoming months Especially when Egypt pops up in the news again


  4. Emily Crowe Emily Crowe says:

    Though I had a few minor issues I overall enjoyed this book uite a bit The author makes generous use of literary allusions throughout the text which I appreciated and had fun with and also made me wonder how many of them I was missing I'm not a huge fan of first person narratives When they're done extremely well the point of view does fade away to the point where I don't notice it any but it wasn't always the case with this book Still the book at least wasn't written in the present pernicious tense a phrase which my friend Rob coinedKhosi is a young man in his early twenties living with his mom in Butte Montana His Egyptian father deserted them when Khosi was only three leaving them with far uestions than answers not to mention a staggering amount of gambling debt One third of the way through the book Khosi decides to go to Egypt to track down his father after learning that he'd returned briefly to Butte only to ask for divorce papers Luckily for him Khosi's mother wanted him to grow up in touch with his Egyptian heritage so he has the benefit of years of classic Arabic under his belt by the time he lands in Egypt and is able to mostly communicate with locals on his own Unfortunately for the reader it's shortly after that point that Khosi starts seeing hallucinations of the ghost of Montana copper magnate and incidentally Khosi's distant relative William Andrews Clark The ghost is a bona fide deux ex machina though his presence does get an explanation later in the book Add to this plot a scheming liar of a father a gregarious ready made Egyptian family an Evel Knievel talisman a brush with death and a hashish creme brulee and you wind up with a pretty good book that occasionally misses the mark but is still worth reading


  5. Sarah Sarah says:

    Couldn't put it down Western Montana's most famous half Egyptian shut in I bought this after reading the Ron Charles review in the Washington Post I've never bought based on a review before but that description of the protagonist Khosi Sar caught my interest I have little knowledge of Cairo or Butte or even Evel Knievel so I can't say if they are well represented But the relationships are A dysfunctional family and a search for roots that turn out to be something else


  6. Bryan Bryan says:

    Did you know that Evel Knievel was one of the FBI's most valuable anti Communist assets during the Cold War—and also that he was a WEREWOLF? That's the premise behind up and coming novelist Pauls Red Weather Vergebung Toutonghi's Evel Knievel Days a rip roaring red white and blue adventure yarn that's eual parts James Bond and Don McLeanToutonghi is obviously borrowing the Seth Grahame Smith formula of retroactively adding classic horror elements to a historical narrative but it never comes off as outright theft This is due in large part to the fact that the book's cover and dust jacket summary give no indication of the wild ride that the reader is in for And Toutonghi has clearly done his research blending fact and fiction seamlessly into a tense gripping narrative for example did you know that Knievel's infamous failed Wembley jump was derailed by a Cuban sniper shooting him in the leg with a silver bullet? I also appreciated his wry references and attention to detail including a casual mention on page 76 of Jeremy Dean a little known alias of Beatle slayer Mark David ChapmanAlthough I found the numerous extended scenes of graphic werewolf sex to be somewhat excessive I'm no prude and I think that any fair minded reader will understand that Toutonghi had to give the public what they craved in order to increase the book's mass appeal—and hopefully lead to a movie deal or HBO series fingers crossed


  7. Crown Publishing Crown Publishing says:

    From the critically acclaimed author of Red Weather comes a heartwarming witty story of immigration and belonging false starts and new beginnings and finding out what home truly meansKhosi Sar has always felt a bit out of place in Butte Montana hometown of motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel Half Egyptian full of nervous habits raised by a single mother owner of a name that no one can pronounce Khosi has never uite managed to fit in But when a mysterious stranger arrives in town and Khosi's longtime love uses Butte's annual festival Evel Knievel Days as a time to announce her impending marriage to someone else Khosi takes his first daredevil like risk and travels to Egypt to find his father and a connection to his heritage What he discovers in Cairo is much startling than he'd imagined it could be The city is a thrilling mix of contradictions and locating his father turns out to be the easy part Through mistaken identity delicious food and near tragedy Khosi and his parents rediscover what it means to be connected to each other to a family and to a cultureThe timely story of a young man searching for his roots and along the way finding his identity Evel Knievel Days is Khosi’s charming and funny journey to learn where he came from and who he is


  8. Rick Gingrich Rick Gingrich says:

    4 Stars Originally 35 Now 4 after I caught myself thinking about the story and recommending it to a friend I debated between giving this 3 or 4 stars I liked the story uite a bit the interesting character development and the themes it explored The story explores a period in the life of Koshi Sar an American who is also half Egyptian and on the verge of adulthood It is an interesting story of his search for a connection to his father and his Egyptian heritage The story moves uickly and most of the time it flows naturally It starts off strong but towards the end the story feels a little unpolished with some contrived scenes and abrupt transitions though I am reading an advance copy At first the ending really threw me off The epilogue felt like it was tacked on to the book to make it relevant to current day Egypt but doesn't really connect to the characters After some thought I realized that it did connect to the character and with the setting of Cairo it would be difficult to not bring the story in to the current day I do wish that the epilogue was longer or tightly integrated into the story but I've made my peace with itOverall though definitely worth a read


  9. Susan Massad Susan Massad says:

    Pauls Toutonghi’s book Evel Knievel days takes us into the heart of Butte Montana where the story’s protagonist Khosi a half Egyptian half Russian American young man lives with his idiosyncratic single Mom Amy She’s hardly the most stable woman around but she’s a fabulous cook and has perfected Mediterranean cuisine so much that she’s able to make a living to support herself and her only son Amidst a personal crisis Khosi embarks upon an overseas journey to find his absentee father Though he’s got some eccentricities of his own his clever wit and dry humor see him through some pretty challenging life altering events I thoroughly enjoyed reading every page of this book and could especially relate to the competitiveness between Khosi’s Mom who is a caterer and a local Lebanese restaurateur Much of what unfolds in this story and Khosi’s coming of age journey is bittersweet I highly recommend this book which will have the reader both laughing and crying but in the end rejoicing for Khosi


  10. Ericafoferica Ericafoferica says:

    I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads Giveaway sectionI must admit that it did take me a few chapters to actually enjoy the story The author uses a lot of detail which I certainly can appreciate The main character Khosi is witty charming and struggling with the mystery of his father's leaving I really enjoyed the many references to Khosi's Egyptian background which in itself was uite educational It was entertaining to read about Khosi's trip to Egypt and the many struggles he faced in trying to figure out the person his father really is In the end I'm glad Khosi's father realized his mistakes and his faults at keeping so many secrets from his family in Egypt It was nice to see how the family could come together as one for this first time including Khosi's mother This novel has a powerful message about family and the many struggles we all go through in life in order to figure out our identity in the world


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10 thoughts on “Evel Knievel Days

  1. Skip Skip says:

    45 stars I am not sure I can explain exactly why I liked this book so much It's about a 20 year old man who suffers from OCD living in Butte Montana working at an old mining baron museum He is the product of a broken marriage with an Egyptian father who deserted his family with a crushing gambling debt Khosi Sar goes to Cairo to track down his father and discovers much It has elements of fantasy ghosts culture and cooking deep familial love regrets physical and mental illnesses and humor Kudos to Toutonghi for writing such a richly rewarding book Also a spectacular cover should have been a 2012 award winner Highly recommended

  2. Robin Robin says:

    This is one of those books I would have never picked up as I have absolutely no interest in Evel Knievel when spouse saw the book in my basket said Are you reading about Evel Knievel?? and the cover doesn't exactly scream pick me up and read me now so I never thought about bringing it home However when uerying library staff for their favorite books of 2012 this was mentioned and to my delight found it is not only a wonderful book so far but it's authored by an Oregon writer Final words on this book I found it to be a wonderful read and enjoyed it thoroughly It's not often I find a book I can recommend to just about anyone but this is one I'll be raving about to many friends and patrons It has vivid settings Butte Montana and Cairo Egypt well drawn and sympathetic characters and a compelling storyline with lots of gorgeous writing This has a lot of heart and I hope this author gets the attention he deserves While I was reading this the word uirky came to mind and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to readers of Ann Tyler and Jonathan Tropper

  3. Iris Iris says:

    I received a review copy of this book from the publisher This review was originally posted at Iris on BooksKhosi Sar has lived in Butte Montana all his life He is a tour guide at the museum and he helps his mother with her catering business by tasting her food As a little bit of an obsessive compulsive he likes order in his life Every night before he leaves the museum he makes sure all the documents and pencils are sorted When he was a child he sorted the colouring pencils making sure he did not overuse one colour in favour of another His life in Butte is comfortable though you can locate cracks in his comfort When his long time friend and love tells him on the evening of the annual Evel Knievel Days festival that she is engaged to marry someone else the safety of his world comes tumbling downEarlier that day someone visited him in the museum a mysterious stranger that seemed excessively interested in Khosi Khosi was raised by his mother his father fleeing the country and his family debts leaving behind his three year old son and his wife Khosi has always been happy with his mother but now he feels he needs to know about his father Receiving the final push when he realises his long time love may not wait for him he decides that it is time to be a little adventurous And so Khosi travels to Egypt to find his fatherIf I am completely honest I was not sure if I should agree to read and review this book when I received the uery in my mailbox I felt the execution of the premise could go both ways it could be horribly clichéd and painful to read or it might turn out wonderfully layered and lovely A boy growing up in a local town with a festival with a local museum missing intimate knowledge of his father's side of the family travelling to Egypt which has all too often been portrayed in an orientalist fashion in fiction I was hesitant I wish I could say I was not but I was How do you decide if a book is for you or not? In this case I waited a few days contemplated the book a little And then I saw a tweet by Bellezza about how she was loving it That convinced me that the best thing to see whether I would like it or not was to try reading it And boy am I glad I didSee I think that Tolstoy was wrong Unhappy families are all alike They're all alike in this moment in this pause before something happens in the pause before someone reacts And that pause It can last seconds or minutes or days or months or yearsKhosi Sar is one of the main reasons that I enjoyed Evel Knievel Days so much He is incredibly smart but has also lived in a safety bubble created by himself his whole life He never left home for college he never travelled on his own he is afraid of losing his friends who are all moving to other places for their jobs He never mentions the fact that he might be limiting himself in his experiences he never comes out to say he might be a little unhappy and I'm not sure if he is really He doesn't wallow he is satisfied he is humorous but he is also observant and he will not hide from the painful He never outright tells you that he is an obsessive compulsive but you read about it in his descriptions his observations and his behaviour; Khosi is caught up in a struggle to keep some form of control over his life It is the way in which the reader is told these things that made me unable to look away Instead I just had to keep on seeing Khosi and allow him into my heart a littleWhat's it like to be the child of an immigrant? I know and I don't know both I have a family tree somewhere but I don't know where and it's probably in Arabic or possibly French or possibly both The past the history of my family is a strange and hybrid beast On the one side exhaustively documented I live and work in its midst But on the other side nothing No body no clothes no cane no toupee no set of dentures no artifacts whatsoever Only a vocabulary that vanishes as soon as it's fashioned into language Only the vocabulary of exile and disappearanceThen there is the way in which Toutonghi handles the uestion of being a child of parents from different countries of growing up between two cultures There is very little cliché about it Instead the pain and the beauty of it are acknowledged and especially the prejudices of growing up with a father who may be Christian but by being Egyptian is often easily euated with Islam and radicalism I loved how Khosi remarks on the Western perception of Islam of Egypt Of how we're so selective in what is represented and remembered As Khosi says no one seems to know that innovation was praised by Mohammed because we believe it to be a Western concept In travelling between Butte and Cairo Khosi shows us the best and the worst of both places as he perceives it and he constantly shows us how intelligent he is Not that he is a boasting sort of character not at all but his remarks are just incredibly smart and beautifulWas the humour always to my taste? Not always But I feel as if I am nitpicking trying to come up with something critical to say about this book You see the thing is it might not be this year's masterpiece and it might not turn out to be my all year favourite but thinking of this book all I can think of are the positive all I can do is smile for fondnessIt was meeting Khosi and seeing him grow into himself a little that made me enjoy this book But it was also Toutonghi's way with words the numerous uote worthy passages the many beautiful descriptions And it was the warmth of the story I do not think I can find a better word for it warmth really is the right word to use Warm and charming and wonderful I am sure I will be thinking back to Khosi from time to time in the upcoming months Especially when Egypt pops up in the news again

  4. Emily Crowe Emily Crowe says:

    Though I had a few minor issues I overall enjoyed this book uite a bit The author makes generous use of literary allusions throughout the text which I appreciated and had fun with and also made me wonder how many of them I was missing I'm not a huge fan of first person narratives When they're done extremely well the point of view does fade away to the point where I don't notice it any but it wasn't always the case with this book Still the book at least wasn't written in the present pernicious tense a phrase which my friend Rob coinedKhosi is a young man in his early twenties living with his mom in Butte Montana His Egyptian father deserted them when Khosi was only three leaving them with far uestions than answers not to mention a staggering amount of gambling debt One third of the way through the book Khosi decides to go to Egypt to track down his father after learning that he'd returned briefly to Butte only to ask for divorce papers Luckily for him Khosi's mother wanted him to grow up in touch with his Egyptian heritage so he has the benefit of years of classic Arabic under his belt by the time he lands in Egypt and is able to mostly communicate with locals on his own Unfortunately for the reader it's shortly after that point that Khosi starts seeing hallucinations of the ghost of Montana copper magnate and incidentally Khosi's distant relative William Andrews Clark The ghost is a bona fide deux ex machina though his presence does get an explanation later in the book Add to this plot a scheming liar of a father a gregarious ready made Egyptian family an Evel Knievel talisman a brush with death and a hashish creme brulee and you wind up with a pretty good book that occasionally misses the mark but is still worth reading

  5. Sarah Sarah says:

    Couldn't put it down Western Montana's most famous half Egyptian shut in I bought this after reading the Ron Charles review in the Washington Post I've never bought based on a review before but that description of the protagonist Khosi Sar caught my interest I have little knowledge of Cairo or Butte or even Evel Knievel so I can't say if they are well represented But the relationships are A dysfunctional family and a search for roots that turn out to be something else

  6. Bryan Bryan says:

    Did you know that Evel Knievel was one of the FBI's most valuable anti Communist assets during the Cold War—and also that he was a WEREWOLF? That's the premise behind up and coming novelist Pauls Red Weather Vergebung Toutonghi's Evel Knievel Days a rip roaring red white and blue adventure yarn that's eual parts James Bond and Don McLeanToutonghi is obviously borrowing the Seth Grahame Smith formula of retroactively adding classic horror elements to a historical narrative but it never comes off as outright theft This is due in large part to the fact that the book's cover and dust jacket summary give no indication of the wild ride that the reader is in for And Toutonghi has clearly done his research blending fact and fiction seamlessly into a tense gripping narrative for example did you know that Knievel's infamous failed Wembley jump was derailed by a Cuban sniper shooting him in the leg with a silver bullet? I also appreciated his wry references and attention to detail including a casual mention on page 76 of Jeremy Dean a little known alias of Beatle slayer Mark David ChapmanAlthough I found the numerous extended scenes of graphic werewolf sex to be somewhat excessive I'm no prude and I think that any fair minded reader will understand that Toutonghi had to give the public what they craved in order to increase the book's mass appeal—and hopefully lead to a movie deal or HBO series fingers crossed

  7. Crown Publishing Crown Publishing says:

    From the critically acclaimed author of Red Weather comes a heartwarming witty story of immigration and belonging false starts and new beginnings and finding out what home truly meansKhosi Sar has always felt a bit out of place in Butte Montana hometown of motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel Half Egyptian full of nervous habits raised by a single mother owner of a name that no one can pronounce Khosi has never uite managed to fit in But when a mysterious stranger arrives in town and Khosi's longtime love uses Butte's annual festival Evel Knievel Days as a time to announce her impending marriage to someone else Khosi takes his first daredevil like risk and travels to Egypt to find his father and a connection to his heritage What he discovers in Cairo is much startling than he'd imagined it could be The city is a thrilling mix of contradictions and locating his father turns out to be the easy part Through mistaken identity delicious food and near tragedy Khosi and his parents rediscover what it means to be connected to each other to a family and to a cultureThe timely story of a young man searching for his roots and along the way finding his identity Evel Knievel Days is Khosi’s charming and funny journey to learn where he came from and who he is

  8. Rick Gingrich Rick Gingrich says:

    4 Stars Originally 35 Now 4 after I caught myself thinking about the story and recommending it to a friend I debated between giving this 3 or 4 stars I liked the story uite a bit the interesting character development and the themes it explored The story explores a period in the life of Koshi Sar an American who is also half Egyptian and on the verge of adulthood It is an interesting story of his search for a connection to his father and his Egyptian heritage The story moves uickly and most of the time it flows naturally It starts off strong but towards the end the story feels a little unpolished with some contrived scenes and abrupt transitions though I am reading an advance copy At first the ending really threw me off The epilogue felt like it was tacked on to the book to make it relevant to current day Egypt but doesn't really connect to the characters After some thought I realized that it did connect to the character and with the setting of Cairo it would be difficult to not bring the story in to the current day I do wish that the epilogue was longer or tightly integrated into the story but I've made my peace with itOverall though definitely worth a read

  9. Susan Massad Susan Massad says:

    Pauls Toutonghi’s book Evel Knievel days takes us into the heart of Butte Montana where the story’s protagonist Khosi a half Egyptian half Russian American young man lives with his idiosyncratic single Mom Amy She’s hardly the most stable woman around but she’s a fabulous cook and has perfected Mediterranean cuisine so much that she’s able to make a living to support herself and her only son Amidst a personal crisis Khosi embarks upon an overseas journey to find his absentee father Though he’s got some eccentricities of his own his clever wit and dry humor see him through some pretty challenging life altering events I thoroughly enjoyed reading every page of this book and could especially relate to the competitiveness between Khosi’s Mom who is a caterer and a local Lebanese restaurateur Much of what unfolds in this story and Khosi’s coming of age journey is bittersweet I highly recommend this book which will have the reader both laughing and crying but in the end rejoicing for Khosi

  10. Ericafoferica Ericafoferica says:

    I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads Giveaway sectionI must admit that it did take me a few chapters to actually enjoy the story The author uses a lot of detail which I certainly can appreciate The main character Khosi is witty charming and struggling with the mystery of his father's leaving I really enjoyed the many references to Khosi's Egyptian background which in itself was uite educational It was entertaining to read about Khosi's trip to Egypt and the many struggles he faced in trying to figure out the person his father really is In the end I'm glad Khosi's father realized his mistakes and his faults at keeping so many secrets from his family in Egypt It was nice to see how the family could come together as one for this first time including Khosi's mother This novel has a powerful message about family and the many struggles we all go through in life in order to figure out our identity in the world

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