Book Condition: As New in As New dust jacket
Edition: First Edition; First Printing; Signed by Author
Size: 8vo; [viii], 310,  pages
Publisher: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.
A wonderful first edition/first printing in unread As New/As New condition. This copy is signed by author John Updike directly on the title page.
The story of Ahmad Ashmawy Mulloy, an alienated American-born teenager who spurns the materialistic, hedonistic life he witnesses in the slumping New Jersey factory town he calls home. Turning to the words of the Holy Qur'an as expounded to him by the pedantic imam of a local mosque, Ahmad devotes himself fervently to God. Neither the world-weary guidance counselor at his high school nor Ahmad's mischievously seductive classmate Joryleen succeeds in deflecting him from his course, as the threads of an insidious plot gather around him.