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A Place for Us

A Novel

Fatima Farheen Mirza

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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD “5 UNDER 35” NOMINEE • NEW YORK’S “ONE BOOK, ONE NEW YORK” PICK
 
Named One of the Best Books of the Year: Washington Post • NPR • People • Refinery29 • Parade • BuzzFeed
 
“Mirza writes with a mercy that encompasses all things.”—Ron Charles, Washington Post
 
Hailed as “a book for our times” (Christiane Amanpour), A Place for Us is a deeply moving and resonant story of love, identity, and belonging.

As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the choices their children have made. There is Hadia: their headstrong, eldest daughter, whose marriage is a match of love and not tradition. Huda, the middle child, determined to follow in her sister’s footsteps. And lastly, their estranged son, Amar, who returns to the family fold for the first time in three years to take his place as brother of the bride. What secrets and betrayals have caused this close-knit family to fracture? Can Amar find his way back to the people who know and love him best?

A Place for Us takes us back to the beginning of this family’s life: from the bonds that bring them together, to the differences that pull them apart. All the joy and struggle of family life is here, from Rafiq and Layla’s own arrival in America from India, to the years in which their children—each in their own way—tread between two cultures, seeking to find their place in the world, as well as a path home.

A Place for Us is a book for our times: an astonishingly tender-hearted novel of identity and belonging, and a resonant portrait of what it means to be an American family today. It announces Fatima Farheen Mirza as a major new literary talent.

FATIMA FARHEEN MIRZA was born in 1991 and raised in California. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship.

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 400
Erscheinungsdatum 05.03.2019
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-5247-6356-5
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 20.3/13.3/3.2 cm
Gewicht 366 g

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After reading the last word I had to regroup my thoughts, my emotions, everything. And the characters haunted me for a long time which, for me, is always the sign of a good book. But it is so much more. SO MUCH more. It would be easy to put it in the box entitled "immigrants in new culture and all the things that can go wrong". ... After reading the last word I had to regroup my thoughts, my emotions, everything. And the characters haunted me for a long time which, for me, is always the sign of a good book. But it is so much more. SO MUCH more. It would be easy to put it in the box entitled "immigrants in new culture and all the things that can go wrong". And yes, this is one of the many aspects which surely adds complexity to this densely woven narrative. After some weeks passing and having gained some perspective - this book really pulls you in deep! - isn't it about love, respect, expectations (met or not) and above all transparency of feeling and communication? So many lost opportunities, so many misunderstandings, so much anguish all because of a lack of honest dialogue. When we finally hear the father's voice I was sobbing. Don't wait to say what needs to be said. Speak with your heart and from the heart and take it from there. My No. 1 book in 2019.

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