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A Place for Us

A Novel
Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (913 ratings)
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Instant New York Times Best Seller

Named one of the Best Books of 2018 by: 

  • Washington Post
  • NPR 
  • People
  • Refinery29
  • Parade
  • Buzzfeed
  • Real Simple

"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.

©2018 Fatima Farheen Mirza (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Ambitious...a family epic that is textured and keenly felt...Mirza draws Amar’s lifelong struggle with the concept of unconditional devotion so poignantly that readers will find it exceedingly relatable. But so too is the mysterious whisper in his ear urging him always to return, no matter how far he strays, back home.” (New York Times Book Review

“The thinking person’s summer read, a rich and layered tale about family and assimilation.” (Entertainment Weekly

"[An] impassioned debut novel.... Mirza is attuned to the subtle ways in which siblings and parents compete for one another's affection. A ruminative final section, in which the father addresses his wayward son, is a moving coda." (The New Yorker)

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Started on Audible, finished with a book in my hand

Probably my favorite read of the year.
But it just doesn’t work on Audible in its current format. Too much time hopping without anything communicated there is a jump to the listener. In print there is a wide paragraph break or visual *** break. Without this knowledge in an audio format, it’s just too confusing.
But it’s a wonderful book and worth the read.

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2 narrators for the win (after initial confusion)

My wife and I just shotgunned this on our latest roadtrip. The themes and structure are fantastic - juxtaposing intrafamilial gender politics, intergenerational trauma and cultural morphology, Islamic soteriology and theology. And all of this is wrapped around one (or, really two) Indian Muslim families and ends with an impassioned retelling of the whole book from the heartbroken father Fariq's point of view.

Re: the Audible book, the main narrator does a pretty good job of performing different voices and emoting. But the real impressive part is that Fariq's final narrative is performed by another voice actor.

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Promising!

The story has it's highs and lows. Starts slow and picks up somewhat to keep the interest.
The auther is promising but needs to be fearless. She can't be hesitating to step into dengerous waters of reletionships or religion. The story successfully depicts the life and mentality of immegrant parents, as well as their kids born in CA, but feels like set back sometime in 80s or so. The narration was good but a little slow for me...had to speed up 1.25x
All in all, a good start for a young auther. Good luck to her and hope to see more from her.

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Everyone of every faith or no faith has to read.

A great insight for me as a Christian into the lives of families of Muslim faith and to acknowledge our commonalities as humans and caregivers. A must read through to the amazing end.

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  • Joanne
  • indio, CA, USA
  • 07-27-18

Great Story

Great story with excellent narration. The character development was strong and you really felt a part of the family.

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Worth the listen

Really loved this book about family, religion, and how we take what our parents pass down to us. Narrators were both excellent!

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  • Tammy j
  • Ulster Park, new York, US
  • 07-16-18

A story of humanity, family, love and loss.

This is a moving story, about a family not so different from any family. It is a love story that captured my heart.

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  • 07-13-18

Good story...not so good narration

The plot and word usage is interesting and engaging, however the delivery is very poor. The narrator’s tone is just too monotonous.

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Story is boring and narration is worse

The story is so boring. Very little happens and the characters are not interesting enough to carry it. The narrators are also sooo boring. They barely change their voices for different characters and they just drag out the narration.

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Painfully slow

The story leaves nothing to be excited about. The story is about the basic drama and life of a family. The characters are well developed and the family dynamic told well, it's more of the overall story that was completely tedious and boring.

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