News The Good Muslim of Jackson Heights: Reading by Jaysinh Birjepatil
MARLBORO, VT – (September, 24, 2012) – Retired Marlboro literature professor Jaysinh Birjepatil will read from his recently published novel, The Good Muslim of Jackson Heights, at Marlboro College Graduate School on Wednesday, October 10 at 7:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.
In The Good Muslim of Jackson Heights, Birjepatil writes of an aristocratic Muslim family that flees sectarian violence in their native central India, only to find reverberations in multi-ethnic Urban America. Set in New York’s Little India, where hardworking, honest-to goodness traders rub shoulders with ruthless entrepreneurs, reclusive antique dealers, homeless nobodies, larger-than-life merchant princes, lawyers, doctors, and IT specialists, Birjepatil’s book traverses the tension between secular and religious.
Jaysinh Birjepatil taught literature at Marlboro College for 15 years, eventually retiring in 2002. He currently lives in Brattleboro.
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