They are renaissance men. They are boulevardiers. They are three young Pakistani men in
City at the turn-of-the-millennium: AC, a gangsta rap spouting academic; Jimbo, a
deejay from the streets of Jersey City; and Chuck,a wide-eyed, off-the-boat
kid, searching for himself
and the American Dream. In a city where origins matter less than
the talent for self invention, the three Metrostanis have the guts to claim the place as their own.
But when they embark on a road-trip to the hinterland weeks after 9/11 in search of the
Shaman, a Gatsbyesque compatriot who seemingly disappears into thin air, things go horribly
they find themselves in a changed, charged America.
Rollicking, bittersweet and sharply observed, Home Boy is at once an immigrant’s tale, a
story of love and loss as well as a unique meditation on Americana and notions of
collective identity. It announces the debut of an original, electrifying voice in contemporary fiction.