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.
Publisher: New York : SJP for Hogarth, 2018
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9781524763558
Branch Call Number: FICTION Mir
Description: 385 pages ; 25 cm


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LPL_KateG Dec 04, 2018

I listened to the audiobook on Overdrive and was completely captured by the story and this family. If you enjoy layered family sagas with engaging characters and cultural commentary, this will be right up your alley. Note - it starts out a little slow, but then gathers speed. The audiobook narrators did a fantastic job as well!

Nov 29, 2018

It was a bit confusing to read because it seemed to jump all over time but well worth sticking with it. The author really did a good job fleshing out the family characters and giving us a look into real family dynamics. What I loved about the book was the respectful and informative look at what seemed a real Indian Muslim family... their religion and customs. It was a Book Club read and the Muslims in our group > Loved it. She also felt inclined to share with us more about her religion because of it. k Club read. Indian Muslim Family drama & informative customs.

Nov 21, 2018

This was so boring! I struggled to get through it. I'm not sure what all the hype is about.

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.

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