A Good Country

  • by Laleh Khadivi
  • Narrated by Assaf Cohen
  • 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A timely novel about the radicalization of a Muslim teen in California - about where identity truly lies and how we find it.
Laguna Beach, California, 2010. Reza Courdee, a 14-year-old straight-A student and chemistry whiz, takes his first hit of pot. In as long as it takes to inhale and exhale, he is transformed from the high-achieving son of Iranian immigrants into a happy-go-lucky stoner. He loses his virginity, takes up surfing, and sneaks away to all-night raves. For the first time, Reza - now Rez - feels like an American teen. Life is smooth; even lying to his strict parents comes easily.
But then he changes again, falling out with the bad boy surfers and in with a group of kids more awake to the world around them, who share his background, and whose ideas fill him with a very different sense of purpose. Within a year Reza and his girlfriend are making their way to Syria to be part of a Muslim nation rising from the ashes of the civil war.
Timely, nuanced, and emotionally forceful, A Good Country is a gorgeous meditation on modern life, religious radicalization, and a young man caught among vastly different worlds. What we are left with at the dramatic end is not an assessment of good or evil, East versus West, but a lingering question that applies to all modern souls: Do we decide how to live, or is our life decided for us?

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A very important contribution

Could not stop listening. It should be required listening for all. I was so invested in the story. Hopefully this is the first book. It becomes more and more important as the time goes by. It left me feeling physically ill. Few listens is this amazingly important and shockingly scary at once.
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- Mia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-25-2017
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.