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An American Family

Khizr Khan

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The story of one family's pursuit of the American dream and why, especially in these tumultuous times, we must not be afraid to step forward for what we believe in when it matters most, by the man who brandished his pocket constitution at the 2016 Democratic Convention and in doing so captured the attention of the world.

Timely and timeless, AN AMERICAN FAMILY is an intensely personal immigrant story. Khizr Khan traces his remarkable journey from humble beginnings as one of ten children born on a farm in rural Pakistan, his grandfather reading Rumi beneath the moonlight and instilling in young Khizr a yearning for education that ultimately leads him to Harvard Law. A moving love story builds between Khizr and Ghazala when they meet at University, as he tries to get the girl who is out of his league. Always helping others with the little they have, the Khans move to Texas and become citizens as they build a humble, family-focused life in a place that
affords them freedom and dignity. Having instilled the same ideals that brought him to America in the first place, Khan relates the heroic and tragic story of his middle son, U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, who is killed while protecting his base camp in Iraq, and the ways in which their undying pride in him and his
sacrifice have helped them endure the deepest despair a parent can know. AN AMERICAN FAMILY is a lyrical and intimate depiction of what being an American really means.

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