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A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

A Place for Us

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
 
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.

Praise

“Absolutely gorgeous…Mirza writes about family life with the wisdom, insight and patience you would expect from a mature novelist adding a final masterpiece to her canon, but this is, fortunately, just the start of an extraordinary career…. Has a household ever been cradled in such tender attention as this novel provides?… Each time I stole away into this novel, it felt like a privilege to dwell among these people, to fall back under the gentle light of Mirza’s words.” Ron Charles, Washington Post

“Ambitious… a family epic that is textured and keenly felt… Mirza draws Amar’s lifelong struggle with the concept of unconditional devotion so poignantly that readers will find it exceedingly relatable. But so too is the mysterious whisper in his ear urging him always to return, no matter how far he strays, back home.” —New York Times Book Review

“The thinking person’s summer read, a rich and layered tale about family and assimilation.” —Entertainment Weekly

“[An] impassioned debut novel… Mirza is attuned to the subtle ways in which siblings and parents compete for one another’s affection. A ruminative final section, in which the father addresses his wayward son, is a moving coda.”
—The New Yorker

“The book dives into the lives of a Muslim-American family, opening on the eve of the eldest daughter’s marriage, and examines the intricacies of a family straddling two very different cultures.” —Vanity Fair

A Place for Us is a stunning novel about love, compassion, cruelty and forgiveness — the very things that make families what they are…[Mirza’s] writing is gorgeous, unadorned but beautiful… a miracle of a book. A Place for Us is a major accomplishment, a work of real beauty and fierce originality.” Michael Schaub, NPR.org

“In polished prose that zeroes in on domestic detail and, at its loveliest, recalls Jhumpa Lahiri, Mirza delivers a portrait of a family straining to hold its center amid rebellions both quiet and explosive.” —TIME

“A rich portrait of a fractured Muslim family…With unwavering compassion, this beautiful heartbreaker unravels the mystery of who may be to blame for Amar’s estrangement.” —People

“Magical.” —ELLE

“This is a richly detailed, immersive saga that hooks you from the jump and keeps you absorbed even as you spend decades with its characters. A Place for Us is a tender examination of identity and familial roles, of faith, and of what it means to be home.” —Marie Claire 

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Media

Qantara.de: “Interview with Indian-American author Fatima Farheen Mirza” (4/29/19)

NPR: “In ‘The Good Immigrant,’ New Americans Grapple With Their Polarized Country” (2/27/19)

Electric Literature: “Fatima Farheen Mirza on Having Sarah Jessica Parker as an Editor” (10/1/18)

CNN, Amanpour: “Sarah jessica Parker on her imprint’s first print” (9/22/18)

Condé Nast Traveler: “Fatima Farheen Mirza Has the Book for Your Spain Road Trip” (8/24/18)

Town and Country: “Meet Fatima Farheen Mirza, the Author Rewriting the Great American Family Epic” (8/1/18)

Tory Burch: “New Author Spotlight on Fatima Farheen Mirza” (7/27/18)

NPR.org: “‘A Place For Us’ Is A Skillfully-Drawn Family Saga” (6/12/18)

ABC News: “In ‘A Place for Us,’ novelist Fatima Farheen Mirza shows Muslim characters through a wider lens” (6/12/18)

Read It Forward: “A Conversation with Fatima Farheen Mirza” (6/12/18)

The Washington Post: “Sarah Jessica Parker thinks she knows what you should read. She’s right.” (6/11/18)

Buzzfeed:When You’re An Introvert With A Crush, The Tiniest Things Mean Everything” – Excerpt of A Place for Us (6/4/18)

The Guardian: “Fatima Farheen Mirza: ‘I’d just stepped out of the subway when Sarah Jessica Parker called…’” (6/3/18)

Refinery29:Brilliant Books To Bring To The Beach This Summer” (6/3/18)

PopSugar:The 16 Most Exciting New Books to Read in June” (6/3/18)

Bustle:The 16 Best Fiction Books Coming Out In June 2018” (6/1/18)

Fast Company:94 New Movies, TV Shows, Albums, and Books You Must Check Out this Month” (6/1/18)

Entertainment Weekly:This Summer’s Debut Authors You Need to Know Right Now” (5/31/18)

Literary Hub:The Ultimate Summer Books Preview” (5/30/18)

Daily Beast:The Best Summer Beach Reads of 2018” (5/26/18)

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USA Today:10 Hot Books for Summer Reading, from Bill Clinton/James Patterson to Ruth Ware” (5/23/18)

Nylon:46 Great Books to Read This Summer” (5/23/18)

Vanity Fair:Summer Reading: This Season’s Ultimate Fiction List” (5/22/18)

Shelf Awareness: Q&A with Fatima Farheen Mirza, Author of A Place for Us” (3/7/18)

International Editions

A Place for Us is available in the following translations:

French Edition - Cette maison est la tienner

FRENCH – from Calmann Levy

German Edition: Worauf wir hoffen

GERMAN – from DTV

Dutch Edition: Een Plek Voor Ons

DUTCH – from Boeken

Russian Edition: Место для нас

RUSSIAN – from Clever Trend Media

About Fatima Farheen Mirza

Fatima Farheen Mirza

Photo: © Juergen Frank

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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