Where book of July was late, book of August is early.
It is the short, but powerful, engaging and darkly amusing Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid. The story is of a student from Pakistan who finds himself torn between America and his own country, while struggling with his relationship with a damaged and sensitive girl. It is beautifully written and very gripping.
I believe it is about to be made into a film also, although it seems better as a book, being all in the first person.