My Son the Fanatic presents the dismay experienced by a Pakistani taxi driver when his son rejects the material possessions and values the father has slaved all his life to achieve and embraces a fundamentalist sect of Islam. The crisis turns the father's world upside down and makes all the members of his family question the compromises they have made as immigrants in Britain. In the midst of the turmoil, the father finds tenderness and love in a most unexpected place.
My Son the Fanatic is based on a short story included in Kureishi's Love in a Blue Time collection. Kureishi's storytelling embraces a wide spectrum of characters of all classes and nationalities, depicting them with great humor and relish, though never shying away from controversy.