Brother Alive

by Zain Khalid (Author)
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  • Brother Alive is one of the most exciting and ambitious debuts Grove has published in recent years. Zain is a hugely talented young writer with an exciting career ahead. Brilliantly page-turning and fiercely intelligent, Brother Alive explores weighty themes of family, belonging, and sacrifice while delivering a plot that at times has the pace of a thriller.
  • An utterly unusual family story told with humor, energy, and pathos, with a wide-ranging cast of winning characters, Brother Alive combines the wit of writers like Viet Thanh Nguyen and Paul Beatty with the expansive, international, and immersive storytelling of Zadie Smith, Min Jin Lee, and Salman Rushdie.
  • Grove quickly preempted this astonishing debut from Kent Wolf, agent of such literary superstars as Carmen Maria Machado and Torrey Peters. It is one of the most exciting debut novels editor Peter Blackstock has bought in recent years, alongside award winners like Shuggie Bain, Freshwater, and The Sympathizer.
  • The book was directly inspired by The Sympathizer; after reading it, Zain worked out a new way to tell a part of the story and began scribbling down a scene in the blanks at the back of the book.
  • The book travels from New York City to Saudi Arabia as it explores the shared deep roots of capitalist systems in America and in Islamic countries, interrogates ideas around radicalization, and shows how progress can greatly harm those left in its wake.
  • Brother Alive’s depiction of Islam in America and abroad offers an utterly unique and multifaceted perspective on the religion and speaks to the changing portrayals of Islam in media, such as that characterized by the television show Ramy.
  • The book paints a vivid portrait of a side of New York rarely depicted in literary fiction—the bustling, ethnically heterogeneous part of Staten Island. We hope for a potential New York Times profile and other off-the-book-page coverage alongside traditional reviews and radio.
  • We are pursuing blurbs from esteemed writers like Hernán Diaz, Zadie Smith, Rachel Kushner, Akwaeke Emezi, Isabella Hammad, and Ayad Akhtar, among many others.
  • Khalid has previously published humor writing in the New Yorker, the Believer, Los Angeles Review of Books, and other outlets. He also writes for television.

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Publication date
July 12, 2022
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