Co-Owner Annette Avery recommends this hot read:
"I recently finished A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza. An Indie pick for June 2018. The story follows two generations of an Indian/American/Muslim family and the haunting family dynamics that are familiar to all cultures. Mirza writes with such detail and with such relatable issues that you feel as if you know the family and can literally feel the emotions imparted by each of the characters, especially Amar. I'd highly recommend it if you are looking for a quick read and one that promises to look at your family structure and the common threads we all share - love, loss, and life." - Annette
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.
Stop in to grab a copy while this book is still hot for your next summer read.