Portrait of Sebastian Khan (7.13 Books)
For art-loving (and lady-loving) Sebastian Khan, does college really have to end?
Sebastian Khan is 380 days away from the end of college. An art history major with a fondness for the Pre-Raphaelites and a dislike of long-term commitments (romantic and otherwise), Sebastian starts dating Fatima, who’s determined to transition smoothly from campus life to a stable white-collar professional career. Sebastian’s membership in Model United Nations, though, takes him to colleges across North America, foisting upon him all manner of temptations and testing his commitment to Fatima and his readiness for adulthood.
Part satire of college life circa 2011 and part serious exploration of art’s fundamental unreality, Portrait of Sebastian Khan is a humorous coming-of-age novel about a charismatic but emotionally stunted Muslim American Don Draper, who wins as many hearts as he breaks.
Praise for Portrait of Sebastian Khan
“A smart, thoughtfully constructed, and propulsive coming-of-age story.”—J. Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest
Aatif Rashid is a writer living in Los Angeles. His work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Massachusetts Review, and Metaphorosis, among other places, as well as online on Medium. He currently writes regularly for The Kenyon Review Blog about fiction writing and literature. You can follow him @aatif_rashid on
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