A Place for Us
Fatima Farheen Mirza
** The New York Times bestseller **
‘To be taken hostage by Fatima Mirza’s heartrending and timely story is a gutting pleasure… She captures your mind and heart with an urgency that defies you to stop reading. I guarantee you will be different when you close the book’ Sarah Jessica Parker
‘I loved this book’ Anne Tyler
‘The depth of the storytelling and the beauty of the language makes this debut something to treasure’ John Boyne
An Indian-Muslim family is preparing for their eldest daughter’s wedding. But as Hadia’s marriage – one chosen of love, not tradition – gathers the family back together, there is only one thing on their minds: can Amar, the estranged younger brother of the bride, be trusted to behave himself after three years away?
A Place for Us tells the story of one family and all family life: of coming to terms with the choices we make, of reconciingly past and present and of how the smallest decisions can lead to the deepest betrayals.
Telling the story via multiple perspectives, the author paints an incredibly textured and compassionate portrait of the characters' lives. Their love for one another is undeniable, yet their inability to communicate it is devastating. As they collectively and individually struggle with the expectations of their heritage as well as contemporary life, A Place For Us is a timeless, yet also timely, family epic -- Aisling O'Leary * Irish Times * The depth of the storytelling and the beauty of the language makes this debut something to treasure. Highly recommended -- John Boyne I loved every minute of this novel; Mirza's prose and her story squeezed my heart, and I had to take a very long, deep breath upon finishing the book. This is a writer to watch out for * Stylist * Deeply moving... The story comes together gradually, through the perspective of various family members, as it weaves through different points in time. Mirza's writing is poignantly beautiful * Daily Mail * I'm particularly interested in stories of immigrants and I loved Fatima Farheen Mirza's A Place for Us, about an Indian family living in America -- Anne Tyler * Observer *
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