PORTRAIT OF SEBASTIAN KHAN
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A 2019 FOREWORD INDIES BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER
“Witty and dissolute.” — Foreword Reviews
“A smart, thoughtfully constructed, and propulsive coming-of-age novel.” — J. Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest
“Rashid gives us the chance to look at millennials in a different light.” — Atticus Review
“…[a] startling coming of age story.” — Necessary Fiction
Sebastian Khan is 380 days away from the end of college. An art history major with a fondness for the Pre-Raphaelites and a dislike of long-term commitments (romantic and otherwise), Sebastian starts dating Fatima, who’s determined to transition smoothly from campus life to a stable white-collar professional career. Sebastian’s membership in Model United Nations, though, takes him to colleges across North America, foisting upon him all manner of temptations and testing his commitment to Fatima and his readiness for adulthood.
Part satire of college life circa 2011 and part serious exploration of art’s fundamental unreality, Portrait of Sebastian Khan is a humorous coming-of-age novel about a charismatic but emotionally stunted Muslim American Don Draper, who wins as many hearts as he breaks.