Thursday, August 23, 2018

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

A Place for Us
by Fatima Farheen Mirza

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Just released: June 12, 2018
Publisher: SJP for Hogarth
Genre: Literary, Family, India, Muslim
Hardback: 400
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
As Amar watched the hall fill with guests arriving for his sister's wedding, he promised himself he would stay.

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.


My two-bits:

Tough family struggles that deal with past and present day cultural traditions and lifestyle.

One of those sad and painful stories along with frustrating moments.

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* The first novel from Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint, SJP for Hogarth.

* part of World Reads challenge - India (here)

* part of Bout of Books 23 (here)

5 comments:

  1. This book has been everywhere lately. I’m glad you liked it because I’m on a waitlist for it.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  2. The secrets make me curious, but the sad part you mention makes me hesitate.

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  3. I love richly detailed Indian novels :-)

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  4. It sounds like this one was moving and emotional, and also delves deeply into a cultural debate. I like the sound of it!

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