A deeply compelling and funny coming-of-age novel about a teenaged girl's life-changing journey from Pakistan to America, and the challenges of a debilitating illness.
'Unforgettable... 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
On a year-long exchange programme in rural Oregon, sixteen-year-old Hira must swap Kashmiri chai for volleyball practice and understand why everyone around her seems to dislike Obama. An unforgettably witty narrator, Hira finds herself stuck between worlds. The experience is memorable for reasons both good and bad; a first kiss, new friends, racism, Islamophobia, homesickness. Along the way Hira starts to feel increasingly unwell until she begins coughing up blood, and receives a diagnosis of tuberculosis, pushing her into quarantine and turning her newly-established world upside down.
'Marks the debut of a thrilling new global voice' Peter Ho Davies
'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
Marks the debut of a thrilling new global voice. - Peter Ho Davies
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 humour, 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
Dur e Aziz Amna is a graduate of Yale College and the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers' Program, where drafts of AMERICAN FEVER won the Hopwood and Busch Prizes. She won the Bodley Head / Financial Times Essay Prize and the London Magazine Short Story Competition and has been longlisted for the prestigious Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award. Her writing has been featured or shortlisted elsewhere, including the New York Times, Longreads, Roads & Kingdoms, and Dawn. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and child.