That teenager, a Muslim named Ahmad, is the central character of Updike's novel, Terrorist, which is set in the changing immigrant neighborhoods of northern New Jersey.
Our conversation with Updike is the latest in a series of talks about issues involved in the immigration debate.
Book Excerpt: 'Terrorist'
by John Updike
Read the opening passage of John Updike's novel, Terrorist:
About the Series
In a series of conversations, we tackle some of the broad, underlying themes in the immigration debate, including assimilation, the use of language, the meaning of citizenship. We'll talk with comedian Carlos Mencia, author John Updike, Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos and others.
This I Believe
Read John Updike's essay for the NPR series, 'This I Believe.'