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Books to Read Before You See the Movie This Summer

Because all those juicy descriptions, extravagant costumes and secret thoughts of the leading lady (or man) just won't fit into a 90-minute film.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

192 pages; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
This page-turner—about a young Pakistani man who rises to wealth and privilege in the United States but who returns to Pakistan, not to become a fundamentalist but a professor—has a plot so compelling that you may need to keep a heart monitor on hand. It also presents one of the most bedeviling endings ever, the kind that makes you long for (in the best way) a short dumb answer where none will ever exist. The cinematic version stars Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber and Kate Hudson. The book stars gorgeous, risky, intelligent prose.
— Leigh Newman

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