By Pearl Abraham
Boost Uncorrected facts, American Taliban, a singular, Pearl Abraham, Random apartment, writer, 254 pgs., "an intimate portrait of the way a kind of traditional American boy could be seduced by way of the belief of filing to Islam". . .
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Missed you last night, he said, inhaling her sun-warmed hair and skin, the coconut smell of Aloha sunscreen. It’d been their first separate night since the night before Hatteras, and he’d found it difficult falling asleep without her warm wriggling body tucked into his side. Though when he finally did sleep, he slept better and awoke rested. The cup came back to Katie via Jilly and she took a second long sip. Howz it look? he asked. Inconsistent, she said. An interesting lefthander now and then, which could get better if the swells pick up, if tropical storm Sadie fulfills her promise.
The general election was coming up in November, she was planning to host her usual fund-raiser at their Adams Morgan house, and she would try to engage him in various tasks, his contribution to the cause, she would call it. And he would be stuck at home on crutches, without wheels. He could hear her voice in his head. Even if your body isn’t fully operational, you have your mind. She lived in his head, and without wheels, there’d be no escape. C. and Barbara. HE WAS EMERGING from sleep when Barbara and Bill arrived, bearing his MP3 player, his laptop, the Tao, the Dylan, the Burton biography, Zone bars, and Katie trailing behind.
I packed the parts and put them together here, in the kitchen, Barbara said. I called in advance, and the staff agreed to give me a clean surface to work on. The girls applied themselves to tasting each form, holding it up first for cataloging. Barbara remembered aloud the year or years in which each particular chocolate treat was it. Which made the girls laugh. Wouldn’t you say, Sylvie said, between giggles and tastings, that your son qualifies as a dangerously overcaffeinated chocoholic. No wonder he’s so skinny, Katie said.
American Taliban by Pearl Abraham