The Idiot | Elif Batuman
Set in 1995, this is the story of Selin, a Harvard student, daughter of Turkish immigrants. Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey turns up at Harvard and finds herself dangerously overwhelmed by the challenges and possibilities of adulthood. Selin ponders profound questions about how culture and language shape who we are, how difficult it is to be a failed writer, and how baffling love is. At once clever and clueless, she shows us with perfect hilarity and soulful inquisitiveness just how messy it can be to forge a self as she comes to terms with a first love and is drawn into being a writer.