The Bad Muslim Discount summary

The Bad Muslim Discount summary

The Bad Muslim Discount: A Novel by Syed M. Masood (Author)

Hilarious, provocative and timely, The Bad Muslim Discount tells the story of two Pakistan and Iraqi family in the 1990s and one in 2016 San Francisco.

Back in the 1995, the Muslim boy Anvar Faris is an active, quacky with a sharp tounge. He does what he could to surive as a teenager in Karachi, Pakistan. The time is changing, as the trend right then is to make Islam great again. The politicians become more and more strident, his neighbours roam the streets in gangs. Decide to help themselves to a more stable life, Anvar’s family move to California in hope of starting over. The Desi community in America welcomes heartily the model brother of Anvar and his devout mother, while Anvar struggles to look for more.

On the other side of the globe is Safwa, whose conservative father strides through a much more dangerous way to make it to America. Their hometown is torn over in war, and the girl’s family is engulfed by grief and suffocation.

Instrinsically linked, the two tales are interwined when the two meet, then set off to an unconceivable turn of events that may change the core of the American Islam community. The Bad Muslim Discount is hysterical and dramatically fun, which is written by a new face in the novel biz. There is no lack of warmth, insight interwoven with an irreverent sense of humour.


Readers have a chance to know how the intense familiar ties and the arranged marriages of Islam can thrive in the quirky modern America. Both political, romantic and hilarious, it is the perfect recipe for these times. 

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SYED M. MASOOD grew up in Karachi, Pakistan. A first-generation immigrant twice over, he has been a citizen of three different countries and nine different cities. He currently lives in Sacramento, California, where he is a practicing attorney.


"Take it from a bad Jew, this is one of the bravest and most eye-opening novels of the year. Masood is a whiz at characters and knows the way the world works inside out. A future classic." Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author of Lake Success