A Place for Us - Fatima Farheen Mirza

A Place for Us

By Fatima Farheen Mirza

  • Release Date: 2018-06-12
  • Genre: Literary
A Place for Us book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 142 Ratings)

A Place for Us Fatima Farheen Mirza Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Mirza writes with a mercy that encompasses all things."  RON CHARLES, Washington Post

"A Place for Us is a book for our times." — CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR

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

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User reviews about this book

  • A place for us

    5
    By T Laurent
    Simply Amazing. Beautiful and heartbreaking .... a story that stays with you.
  • Life

    4
    By Lady Sparhawk
    This is a powerful book about a family of five. It is skillfully and lovingly crafted so that we come to understand each character’s view of their own individual and their shared lives. We learn of their mistakes, misunderstandings, and love for one another. This is about a Muslim family facing a modern world but it could be about any family with strict cultural and religious influences. In fact, the roles of father and son should be examined by any parent struggling to relate to a powerful child. My only criticism is that some of it could have been a bit shorter.
  • Touching

    5
    By Piggle2303
    I wish I could describe my children in this way.
  • An amazing first novel

    5
    By Amma Jan
    I loved this book from start to finish. The characters were very relatable and I felt privileged to be invited into a different culture with such precision and honesty. I was amazed when I read the biography and that the author is 27 years old. I have to conclude she is an old soul with a whole lot of wisdom. Bravo!
  • Exquisite

    4
    By Msbdc
    It is hard to put into mere words the depth of compassion and love I feel for the characters in this beautifully composed novel. The long paragraphs swept me away and deepened my understanding of family, the Muslim faith and God’s universal redemption of our person failures. Bravo!
  • a placeForUs

    5
    By Noisywife
    Loved this book. Was tearful in a good way.

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