A Place for Us

A Place for Us

A Novel

Book - 2018
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A story of family identity and belonging follows an Indian family through the marriage of their daughter, from the parents' arrival in the United States to the return of their estranged son.
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 their estranged son, Amar, returns to the family 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? -- adapted from jacket.
Published: New York :, SJP for Hogarth, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group,, [2018]
Edition: First United States edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781524763558
Branch Call Number: F MIR
Characteristics: 385 pages ;,25 cm


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Sep 27, 2018

This was just OK for me. I kept getting the sisters confused and found the constant flash backs confusing as well. The way the book ended was strange to me. The book was well written but I just didn't love it.

Sep 22, 2018

What a beautiful story about the love of family. I really enjoyed the different perspectives of several family members who immigrated from India to the US. It was wonderful to read about some of the beliefs and rituals of the Islam religion, and it gave me real perspective on how a Muslim child may feel growing up in the United States in the present day. What resonated with me the most, however, is how deep the love a parent has for his child. I highly recommend this for those who want to explore life for a Muslim family in the US.

Sep 13, 2018

What a poignant novel! As I started reading the novel and getting into it I felt a tightness in my chest which I could not describe till I figured out that this was what was called "tugging at the heartstrings." A simple story of an Indian Muslim family living in California and the children's struggles for identity. It is nothing unique yet every scene is unique. The story begins with a wedding and Amar, the son returning after a three year absence to attend it. Then it cleverly goes back and forth telling us all about the family. Every so often I would wipe tears from my eyes and it was Amar who explained that he felt "as if a balloon were growing in his chest and he was afraid if if it popped he would cry." I wept at the wedding when Rafiq says he has gained a son wile describing Tariq, Hadia's husband. A wonderful account of Muslim culture and faith. It is amazing that so young an author has described so beautifully the dynamics of family, relationships, love, and faith. A must read.

Aug 15, 2018

I can't believe she's only 27, her first book. It's a richly written book. (I have her five stars!)

PimaLib_LoisM Aug 14, 2018

This is a beautifully written novel about a family existing between two cultures. Family dynamics are strained as Amar, the only son in the family, makes choices that go against the family's traditions. We begin to understand the roots of the differences between father and son as the story unfolds.

Aug 09, 2018

This is simply a wonderful book. It could not be more timely, as it gives an intimate look into one American Muslim family. At the same time, it echoes with the universality of family love and problems everywhere in the world.
A quiet, deep, but ultimately hopeful book.

Jul 15, 2018

If you're the kind of reader who likes your fiction to be fast-paced and chock-full of action, Fatima Farheen Mirza's debut novel is probably not the right book for you. A Place For Us is a quiet, subtle read. It has an almost dreamlike quality to it, gently sweeping you into the story and immersing you into the lives of the characters. The story spans a period of approx. 25 years and is not told chronologically; it jumps back and forth between present-day and the past, and is told from multiple perspectives. It took me a few chapters to fall into the rhythm of the book ... but once I did, there was no turning back. A Place For Us is the story of a family, a story of people trying to find and assert their place in the home, in the community, in the world at large. All of us have a desire to "belong" ... it is an inevitable part of the human experience ... and Fatima Farheen Mirza explores this theme beautifully. The writing is exquisite, the characters are people you can't help but fall in love with. I was moved to tears several times, and I know I'll be thinking about this story and these characters for a long, long time.

Jul 10, 2018

Featured in Real Simple magazine's Five Books That Won't Disappoint list June 2018

Jun 16, 2018

This book feels very personal in the writing, focusing on a very specific modern experience--a Muslim Indian family living in California at the turn of the 21st century, and at the same time is accessible to any reader who has struggled between the pull of family and the lure of independence. Mirza writes with emotion and empathy for all of her characters, illustrating the struggle and sacrifice it takes for each of us to find a safe place to live in the world and in our own skin.


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