The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid Interesting idea, clunky conceit, ultimately felt both facile and heavy handed.

That said, some of the symbolism is amazing, if not necessarily sophisticated. The notion of fundamentalism as capitalism instead of Islam, represented by a company Underwood Samson (i.e., U.S., i.e., Uncle Sam). A young American woman as the impenetrable (literally) virgin (figuratively), unless the protagonist can make himself into someone he is not (assimilation). New York as what America could be (diverse, polyglot, plural). Etc. Although it isn't overly complex and I do think it's heavy handed, it was absolutely fantastic for teaching purposes, undergraduates in a course seeing the U.S. from other people's perspectives.