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.

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

Several years...