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Khosi Saqr has always felt a bit out of place in Butte, Montana, hometown of motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel. Half-Egyptian, full of nervous habits, raised by a single mother, owner of a name that no one can pronounce -- Khosi has never quite managed to fit in. But when a mysterious stranger arrives in ...
Khosi Saqr has always felt a bit out of place in Butte, Montana, hometown of motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel. Half-Egyptian, full of nervous habits, raised by a single mother, owner of a name that no one can pronounce -- Khosi has never quite managed to fit in. But when a mysterious stranger arrives in town (and Khosi's longtime love uses Butte's annual festival, Evel Knievel Days, as a time to announce her impending marriage to someone else), Khosi takes his first daredevil like risk, and travels to Egypt to find his father -- and a connection to his heritage.
What he discovers, in Cairo, is much more startling than he'd imagined it could be. The city is a thrilling mix of contradictions -- and locating his father turns out to be the easy part. Through mistaken identity, delicious food, and near tragedy, Khosi and his parents rediscover what it means to be connected to each other, to a family, and to a culture.
The timely story of a young man searching for his roots, and along the way finding his identity, Evel Knievel Days is Khosi’s charming and funny journey to learn where he came from, and who he is.
“A funny, heart-warming, compulsively readable novel about the unbreakable bonds of family — and baklava.”
—Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
Posted August 25, 2012
Many know of Evil Knievel but most do not know of Butte Montana so the Title is slightly 'tricky'.
I was going to give this two stars but the delightful dry humor of the author had to make it at least three stars.
The book was lacking a smooth 'flow'. It felt similar to reading a rough draft.
There was quite a lot of Profanity and a sexual situation that could had easily been eliminated without distracting from the story.
This a tale of a compulsive/obsessive, dysfunctional individual with emotional issues cloudy his lifetime. Still, he was honest and successful in many ways.
Due to a couple of strong emotional upheavals, he ventured beyond anything he had ever dared do in his previous life. A few amazing results occurred.
This is about a dysfunctional single mom whose son tried to fulfill the parent roll and their crazy, dysfunctional experiences encased in terrific dry-humor.
I won this book but had I not, I would not have read it once discovering the profanity.
If not for the profanity and sexual situation, it can be an enjoyable book.
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