A GOOD COUNTRY
"In this captivating portrait of America, Sofia Ali-Khan makes the case that a "good country," as her immigrant parents would call their new home, should be strong enough to confront its past. At a time when many would rather ban or bury the truth, Ali-Khan bravely faces it in this bracing and necessary book." -Ayad Akhtar, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Homeland Elegies
“Astute narrative…vivid chronicles… An effective demonstration of how nearly every area of the U.S. continues to be infected by racism and inequity.” -Kirkus
"How can a book with such hard truths be so beautiful? Sofia Ali-Khan has woven the search for her identity and home with an exploration of the racism and economic exploitation at the center of the American myth. Remarkably, in confronting these hard truths she lifts the possibility for transformation. This book should be in the curriculum for every high school senior."
-Suzanne Pharr, former director of the Highlander Research and Education Center, co-founder of Southerners on New Ground, and author of Transformation: Toward a People's Democracy
Far from being confined to the pages of history books, American racism is mapped out in our roads, in our churches, and in our cities, schools, and strip malls. Attorney and activist Ali-Khan, the daughter of Pakistani immigrants, weaves together her own coming-of-age with the stories of exclusion and violence that created the twelve American towns she has called home. The past is deeply, sometimes painfully, present in this honest and insightful book. -Booklist
A Good Country reveals some of the most censored parts of American history and makes them current, demonstrating how the forced migrations of Brown and Black people shape every corner of our country. Its narrator is a mom, folk history nerd, and social justice lawyer living, working and worshipping all over the country while trying to figure out what it means to be Muslim in an increasingly hostile America.