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WELCOME TO AMERICASTAN has been named a finalist in the 15th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards.
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"12 Questions for Jabeen Akhtar" with Little Black Book, Delhi.
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Can Occupy Wall Street bring forth change?  Jabeen Akhtar gives her thoughts in this essay for DNA: "The occupy movements in the U.S. seem to be islands of passionately discontented people floating about on the open sea, with no direction, leadership or clear targets."
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PETA India takes a moment to chat with Jabeen Akhtar about her novel and going vegan before all the celebrities did.
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In this 2012 essay for First City Magazine, Jabeen Akhtar ponders ways for novelists to avoid the "chick lit" label:  "Make someone sick...terminal illness. The critics seem to like it when people slowly die."
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Jabeen Akhtar lists her five favorite books of 2011.
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Jabeen Akhtar tells the Afternoon Despatch & Courier, "It's not easy to pursue writing as an occupation and leave your well-paying career mid-way to chase a generally non-paying, self-esteem lowering venture."
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Jabeen Akhtar tells Femina, "I can't imagine religious fundamentalists reading my book...If they do, I hope they enjoy it."
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India Abroad features WELCOME TO AMERICASTAN in their latest issue.  "Jabeen Akhtar subverts many stereotypes associated with South Asian writing."
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WELCOME TO AMERICASTAN has hit the Landmark Bestseller list!

"Jabeen Akhtar's new book, 'Welcome to Americastan' is making waves across the country, ever since her India tour. In this brief and exclusive interview, she speaks about the craft of writing a good book."
--The Times of India
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"While [Welcome to Americastan] talks about serious issues at hand, it also does that in a manner so funny that you can't help but laugh out aloud...The wit is biting and refreshing. The plot never fails to edge you further into the book and the characters literally speak to you."
--CNN-IBN News

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"Jabeen Akhtar is one of those rare and gifted people who seem biologically incapable of doing anything that isn’t incredibly funny."
--The Business Standard
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 "The accounts of the family are warm, funny and intimate and would strike a chord with readers who would readily identify with the situations...[Welcome to Americastan] is a welcome addition to a growing number of books written by Pakistani authors in English...Akhtar's debut novel is a breeze--light-hearted and yet thought provoking."
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The Tribune 
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"A story of love, marriage, confused identities, friendship, culture, tradition and values comes alive in different shades through the voice of the protagonist...Author Jabeen Akhtar in her debut novel has woven a complex plot...while keeping the gravity of the storyline intact."
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The Times of India
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"The Desis in America will lap it up. Aunts back home will snub it (in public), only after pawing it from cover to cover."
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The Hindu Business Line
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"Spirited and fun...a lively caper."
--Platform Magazine

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"There is laughter, sadness, rivalry, sex, religion and food.  Everything melts into a pot to become Welcome to Americastan."
--Sakaal Times

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Campaign India includes WELCOME TO AMERICASTAN on their Must Read List: "This book is definitely meant to be read this weekend...it will stir some thought-provoking nerves." 
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Jabeen Akhtar explains to The Hindu why she'd "rather stick a fork in her eye" than write another tragic novel about South Asians.
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The Hindustan Times Entertainment section asks Jabeen Akhtar to list her five favorite novels. 
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DNA City asks Jabeen Akhtar some unusual questions about her life and novel. 
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Marie Claire India interviews Jabeen Akhtar for their September, 2011 issue. 
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The Times of India includes Jabeen Akhtar in the new wave of Pakistani writers.
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Jabeen Akhtar has an exclusive interview with The Times of India.  
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India Today asks Jabeen Akhtar about women living in conflict zones.  "The unglamourous truth about second generation South Asians is that their main conflicts are not with their identity or ethnicity."
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WELCOME TO AMERICASTAN hits the shelves September 15, 2011!   
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