Veil of Fact
by Pearl Abraham
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Pearl Abraham's fourth novel, American Taliban, is the story of an American family riven by the disappearance of a young man, John Jude Parish, into the ranks of the Taliban weeks before 9/11. Though glancingly based on the life of John Walker Lindh, the novel differs in particulars: The eighteen-year-old Parish is a popular, intellectually curious character rather than a troubled teenager, and his journey from Washington, DC, to Afghanistan feels less like a radical quest and more like a pilgrimage that ends at the wrong shrine.
Setting the story in the year 2000, Abraham reminds us that Islam—prior to becoming an unfair synonym for terrorism—was just another exotic ingredient in the American melting pot. Parish thinks of Muhammad in the same breath as "Emerson and Whitman and Dylan," and neither his parents
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