Happy Monday all! My review today is for a beautiful book that I had the privilege of reading with a group of my Goodreads fellow reviewers/friends/sisters💕 our group has read and reviewed quite a few wonderful books together. When we were approached by Goodreads with this book, we never knew what an amazing experience it would be…
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
5 Beautiful Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
About The Book
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
A Place for Us unfolds the lives of an Indian-American Muslim family, gathered together in their Californian hometown to celebrate the eldest daughter, Hadia’s, wedding – a match of love rather than tradition. It is here, on this momentous day, that Amar, the youngest of the siblings, reunites with his family for the first time in three years. Rafiq and Layla must now contend with the choices and betrayals that lead to their son’s estrangement – the reckoning of parents who strove to pass on their cultures and traditions to their children; and of children who in turn struggle to balance authenticity in themselves with loyalty to the home they came from.
In a narrative that spans decades and sees family life through the eyes of each member, A Place For Us charts the crucial moments in the family’s past, from the bonds that bring them together to the differences that pull them apart. And as siblings Hadia, Huda, and Amar attempt to carve out a life for themselves, they must reconcile their present culture with their parent’s faith, to tread a path between the old world and the new, and learn how the smallest decisions can lead to the deepest of betrayals.
A deeply affecting and resonant story, A Place for Us is truly a book for our times: a moving portrait of what it means to be an American family today, a novel of love, identity and belonging that eloquently examines what it means to be both American and Muslim — and announces Fatima Farheen Mirza as a major new literary talent.
5 Beautiful Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
This was more than just a book it was an experience… I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to read this with a group of my fellow reviewers and friends the “Traveling Sisters”… we have read and love many books together, but this was hands-down the best discussion we have ever had… each of these amazing ladies brought their own life experiences to the discussion and it touched each and every one of us in an unique and special way…. this is a book that will stay close to our hearts and never be forgotten by any of us!
The story of a Muslim Indian American family, that really could be any family…Told non-linearly, The author wove pieces of the present and the past together seamlessly… creating an amazing story…. A story that was above all else about love….
The family in this book faced challenges that many families do, some a little more challenging because of their strict religious beliefs… this book really emphasize the similarities between people rather than the differences… it touched on the power of words both said and not…. The desire to belong and be accepted…. the need for forgiveness both of others and yourself… it was a book filled with struggle, compassion, determination, and love…. The characters in this book evoked strong feelings in me from sorrow, to elation, to frustration, and more….
My words definitely cannot do this book justice…I strongly encourage you to read this book! just make sure you have tissue handy!
*** many thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book ***
Book friends are the best friendss! Berit 💛