By Pearl Abraham
Enhance Uncorrected evidence, American Taliban, a singular, Pearl Abraham, Random apartment, writer, 254 pgs., "an intimate portrait of ways a kind of usual American boy will be seduced by means of the assumption of filing to Islam". . .
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But if, as the mystics understood, God is the best of man and within man, then God cares, since man does. John was eager to see Katie win. If she remained confident and centered, she could take home both a long and short board prize, she was that good. And she was favored for first place, but as anyone who follows these things knows, a favorite more often than not suffers an upset. He wondered whether she understood the challenge and, if she did, was it a case of knowing things or knowing herself.
She gave John a whisper of a hug, and hours later he was still wrestling with his own bad conscience. He had made her feel bad. For no good reason. He should have apologized right away. He had wanted to apologize. She had done nothing wrong. UNABLE TO SLEEP, he plugged his laptop into the hospital’s DSL and went online. He might as well catch up on the latest chat-room conversations, which he’d missed. He might as well catch up on his lapsed correspondence. Josiah had forwarded a chat session on the similarities of the stories of Genesis and those of the Qur’an.
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American Taliban by Pearl Abraham