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A Place for Us

by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Debut Books of the Month Debuts Family Drama Modern and Contemporary Fiction

LoveReading View on A Place for Us

A deeply reflective and moving debut novel about a Pakistani immigrant family in America trying to find out what happened to their rebellious son.

Featured in Episode 4 of the LoveReading Podcast.


A Place for Us Synopsis

A Place for Us catches an Indian Muslim family as they prepare 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, but all family life is here. Rafiq and Layla must come to terms with the choices their children have made, while Hadia, Huda and Amar must reconcile their present culture with their parents' world, treading a path between old and new. And they must all learn how the smallest decisions can lead to the deepest betrayals. This is a novel for our times: a deeply moving examination of love, identity and belonging that turns our preconceptions over one by one. It announces Fatima Farheen Mirza as a major new literary talent.

A Place for Us Press Reviews

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

Told with tender delicacy, A Place for Us is a moving and joyful portrait of a modern family, about growing up between two cultures, reconciling with the past, and identity as a lived experience - Independent

A brilliant, highly readable contemporary tale of identity and belonging - Elle

Textured and keenly felt... profound... stuck with me long after I finished the book's final page -- Lauren Christiansen - Scotland on Sunday

A modern family saga, it follows the conflict between duty, tradition and temptation... bold in its subject matter and moving -- Patricia Nicol - Sunday Times

Extraordinary in its depth... slow-brewing, affecting - Booklist

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ISBN: 9781781090695
Publication date: 14/06/2018
Publisher: Hogarth an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781090695
Publication date: 14th June 2018
Author: Fatima Farheen Mirza
Publisher: Hogarth an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Hardback
Genres: Debuts of the Month, Debuts, Family Drama, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,

About Fatima Farheen Mirza

Fatima Farheen Mirza was born in California in 1991 and raised there. Her parents are of Indian descent; her mother grew up in Birmingham, her father in Hyderabad. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. A PLACE FOR US is her first novel.

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