Adrift in Harvard Square

In a novel he describes as 'quite autobiographical,' Alexandria-born Andre Aciman revisits his uncertain early days in the United States, when he sought relief from his alienation in a friendship with a North African taxi driver on the run from deportation and lived in fear himself of being banished from the promised land.

Harvard Square, by André Aciman
W.W. Norton and Company, 292 pages, $29.95

Several years ago, writing in the New York Review of Books, André Aciman, a Jewish exile to America from Alexandria, Egypt, by way of Rome and Paris, admitted doing what all exiles do: to look for their homeland in their new world and to rewrite...