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Also by John Updike:

John Updike: The Collected Stories, September 2013
Hardcover
The Widows of Eastwick, November 2008
Hardcover
The Complete Henry Bech, October 2006
Paperback
Terrorist, June 2006
Hardcover
The Power and the Glory, March 2003
Paperback
Licks Of Love, December 2001
Paperback
Poorhouse Fair, February 1997
Hardcover
Rabbit At Rest, September 1996
Paperback
Rabbit Redux, September 1996
Paperback
The Centaur, September 1996
Paperback
Month Of Sundays, September 1996
Paperback
The Witches of Eastwick, September 1996
Paperback
Rabbit Is Rich, September 1996
Paperback
Couples, September 1996
Paperback
Rabbit, Run, September 1996
Paperback
Self-Consciousness, March 1989
Hardcover
Too Far To Go, June 1982
Mass Market Paperback

Terrorist
John Updike

...a brilliant contemporary fiction that will surely be counted as one of his most powerful. It tells of eighteen-year-old Ahmad Ashmawy Mulloy and his devotion to Allah and the words of the Holy Qur'an, as expounded to him by a local mosque's imam.

Knopf
June 2006
320 pages
ISBN: 0307264653
Hardcover
$24.95
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The ever-surprising John Updike's twenty-second novel is a brilliant contemporary fiction that will surely be counted as one of his most powerful. It tells of eighteen-year-old Ahmad Ashmawy Mulloy and his devotion to Allah and the words of the Holy Qur'an, as expounded to him by a local mosque's imam.

The son of an Irish-American mother and an Egyptian father who disappeared when he was three, Ahmad turned to Islam at the age of eleven. He feels his faith threatened by the materialistic, hedonistic society he sees around him in the slumping factory town of New Prospect, in northern New Jersey. Neither the world-weary, depressed guidance counselor at Central High School, Jack Levy, nor Ahmad's mischievously seductive black classmate, Joryleen Grant, succeeds in diverting the boy from what his religion calls the Straight Path. When he finds employment in a furniture store owned by a family of recently immigrated Lebanese, the threads of a plot gather around him, with reverberations that rouse the Department of Homeland Security.

But to quote the Qur'an: Of those who plot, God is the best.

Media Buzz

Studio 360 - September 9, 2006
Studio 360 - July 22, 2006
Today - June 28, 2006
Charlie Rose - June 14, 2006
Morning Edition - June 13, 2006
Early Show - June 13, 2006
Fresh Air - NPR - June 8, 2006
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - June 5, 2006
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer - April 28, 2006

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