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Named One of the Best Books of 2018 by: Washington Post • NPR People  Refinery29 • Parade • Buzzfeed

"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.

Fiction & Literature
June 12
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

IIRick ,

Can’t escape liberal media in a book of fiction

It’s basically a multigenerational muslim family story told in the format of This Is Us tv series. The best part of the book are the characters and their relationships with each other. I can see 9/11 being an important event in the story of this family. The other date, 2016, seems planted. Is it there to please Hollywood? Nothing happened of significance to the family. It dates the book. In 5 years a junior in high school will read this book cause it’s on a summer reading list for school and have no idea what the writer is talking about. Just a way to irritate 60 plus million potential readers. The rest of the book is fine. I enjoyed peeking into an American family experience. Particularly the wedding customs.

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.

Ldrpmc ,

Lovely story of faith and family

This book really tugged at my heart. It showed the beauty of faith and how it can be misinterpreted and yet mercy allows you to come around and get it right. The author did a wonderful job of describing the characters and making you understand where they were coming from. I loved her style of present to past. It has been a week since I finished and I still think about the family in this book, their faith, and sayings like “give someone 70 excuses before you judge them”. This book and its message will be in my heart for years to come.

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