“Hira’s is a voice I won’t soon forget; her biting intelligence, her irreverence, and her wit blazes through this riveting, brilliant novel which stuns in its insights, its sensitive understanding of the complexities of identity, of what home means, and what it means to exist within a globalized world. A searing debut.”—Aamina Ahmad, author of The Return of Faraz Ali
“Brave, tender-hearted, and painfully bittersweet, American Fever is a sharply observed debut that announces Dur e Aziz Amna as a brilliant new voice.”—Fatima Farheen Mirza, bestselling author of A Place for Us
"Dur e Aziz Amna’s “American Fever” is a loving and unflinching exploration of home and homeland, the ways they make and unmake us, how they feed us and also eat away our insides. Like the diamond the protagonist Hira is named for, Amna’s crystalline prose reflects and refracts, dazzles and captivates." — Nawaaz Ahmed, author of “Radiant Fugitives,” finalist for the PEN-Faulkner Award.
“In this sharply observed twist on the classic coming-to-America story, we find an America recognizable in all its generosity, cruelty, and sometimes-well-intentioned bumbling. And we find a brilliant exploration of the sacred, scary moment when a girl comes into the wider world.”—Benjamin Moser, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of Sontag: Her Life and Work
“The immigrant experience is frequently one of defamiliarization, but in American Fever, Dur e Aziz Amna, has hit on a brilliant means of defamiliarizing the immigrant novel: exploring the liminal experience—not quite settler, not quite expatriate—of the foreign exchange student. Hira is a wonderfully complex creation, perfectly poised at the adolescent juncture of wide-eyed newcomer and precocious cultural critic. Her razor-sharp observations of the US and Pakistan—their faiths, politics, culture—have the bold truth-telling power of both innocence and experience.”—Peter Ho Davies, bestselling author of The Welsh Girl
“American Fever is the unforgettable story of a teenage girl in a year of transformation. Dur e Aziz Amna navigates the choppy waters of adolescence with blistering insight and humor, and exquisitely captures the way we can long for home while yearning to escape it. Rarely does a book sharpen how you see the world around you, but American Fever does just that. It dazzled me on every page.”—Julie Buntin, author of Marlena
“American Fever is an extraordinarily assured and gripping debut. The intelligence, humour and longing of Hira’s voice, as she negotiates what it means to belong to a place, will stay with me.”—Ayşegül Savaş, author of Walking on the Ceiling [we can move this last quote to the front lap if there’s no room on the back.]
“In American Fever’s Hira, Dur e Aziz Amna gives us an unforgettable South Asian protagonist—clever, clear spoken, equal parts brash and vulnerable—navigating the mores of illness, separation, and small-town America. Charming, fearless, and politically aware, American Fever is a novel that will stay with you for a long time.”—Sarah Thankam Mathews, author of All This Could Be Different