Ahmad Rahami’s troubles with his family and his identity may have begun when he met a girl named Maria.
The 28-year-old suspect in a string of bombings grew up in a perfect corner of the American melting pot. Elmora Avenue was awash in languages and cultures. Restaurants along the road represent most of the world’s cuisines, some of them more than one — the Kosher Chinese place, for one.
Mohammad Rahami, his father, had named their own fast food restaurant First American Fried Chicken, a tribute to the country that had given them political asylum after they fled Afghanistan in the 1990s.
A pious Muslim, Mohammad considered his best friend in the...