Zain Khalid

Honoree, 2024 5 Under 35

Zain Khalid is an American writer and novelist from New York. His debut novel, Brother Alive, won the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award and the Community of Literary Magazines & Presses’ Firecracker Award for Fiction, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for Best First Book, and was shortlisted for the Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction.
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Brother Alive

book cover for Brother Alive, by Zain Khalid
ISBN 9780802159762 Grove Press / Grove Atlantic

In 1990, three boys are born, unrelated but intertwined by circumstance: Dayo, Iseul, and Youssef. They are adopted as infants and live in a shared bedroom perched atop a mosque in one of Staten Island’s most diverse and precarious neighborhoods, Coolidge. More about this book >

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Zain Khalid

Zain Khalid is an American writer and novelist from New York. His debut novel, Brother Alive, won the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award and the Community of Literary Magazines & Presses’ Firecracker Award for Fiction, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for Best First Book, and was shortlisted for the Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction. Khalid is also the recipient of the 2024 Bard Fiction Prize. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, n+1, The Believer, Astra Magazine, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and elsewhere. He is a contributing editor at The Drift.

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