A Place for Us

A Place for Us

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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-- A Place For Us A deeply affecting and resonant story, A Place for Us
Publisher: New York : Crown/Archetype, 2018
Characteristics: 1 online resource (448 p.)
ISBN: 9781524763572


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JeffcoBooks Jun 15, 2020

A powerful and thought-provoking story woven from the alternating voices of Layla, Hadia, and Amar. The lives of this Indian-American Muslim family unfold while gathered in their Californian hometown to celebrate the eldest daughter, Hadia's, wedding - a match of love rather than tradition.

Number of LIsts -- 2 ( Washington Post, People) A radiant debut novel about the cultural forces that bind and divide members of on close-knit Muslim-American family -- People

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Jul 08, 2020

If you like books centered around family dynamics, then this book is for you. Personally, I got sucked into the story and couldn't put the book down. The author does an amazing job pointing out the obvious: just because you were raised in the same household, it doesn't mean your experience was the same. During and after reading this book, I couldn't stop talking about it!

Jun 24, 2020

I had two false starts with this book. I found the beginning very slow. Actually the whole book is slow but if you relax into it, you will get swept up in this family's story. I liked the way the author wove together many common everyday scenes to reveal the bigger story of the family. It's very well done but will not suit people who want a faster pace or a more obvious plot line.

ArapahoeAnnaL Feb 27, 2020

Skillfully builds a complex portrait of a family through telling events and details. We empathize with the characters' emotional pains and joys and as in our own lives ponder motives and consequences. Fascinating to recognize how repression of women places an untenable burden of responsibility on men; and how the fear of failing his family informs much of the father's behavior.

Dec 02, 2019

This book had all the imprints of a best selling novel. The author attended the Iowa Writers Workshop. It was published by a major publisher and included in a celebrity's book club, but I found this book to be poorly written. I thought the author was guilty throughout of telling instead of showing. The characters never seemed 3-dimensional. Above all, the writing was very confusing and hard to follow. She would start a chapter with "he" or "she" and you would have to read almost the whole chapter to figure out which character the author was highlighting. The switching back and forth in time and from different characters points of view was not successful in my opinion. It did not enhance the story, just made it more confusing.

Nov 20, 2019

The format and lack of quotation marks when remembering past conversations is very confusing. However, if you push through the first 100 or so pages, the story grips you and makes you want to keep reading despite the format.

Oct 03, 2019

Filled with beautiful description, this book is an complicated family drama. The last chapter is heartbreaking. Read it.

Jun 19, 2019

DNF - Muslin's complaining

May 18, 2019


May 15, 2019

Excellent, excellent read. Highly recommend!

CarleeMcDot Apr 25, 2019

A friend of mine (the same friend who had shared about There There) had recently read this book, so I figured I'd grab it from the library. I didn't know what it was about prior to checking it out (surprise, surprise), and, to be honest, I would say for the first half of the book I wasn't really sure what it was about. It seemed as though nothing much was happening, and it was progressing slower than I would have liked, but at the same time I couldn't put it down. Although there are some heavy topics discussed in the book (substance abuse, arranged marriage, racism, religion, etc), I think what I ended up liking more was the seemingly mundane. The drama was relatable because many of us have experienced the different personalities and dynamics within a family - even if we aren't an immigrated Muslim family. The book jumped around a lot, (both with the character's point of view and the time in the story) but seeing as there weren't a ton of characters to deal with it didn't make the switches too hard to follow. I think the final part in the book (it was broken up into four parts) where it was written from the father's perspective was my favorite. (I'm hoping there's a sequel because I'd love to know where the characters go from here.) I would give it an 8 out of 10.

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ArapahoeAnnaL Feb 27, 2020

I wanted to show her that though she had left her whole life behind, I would care for her spiritual needs as well as any other. pg. 341

I wanted you three to grow with an awareness of G-d, with that order and compass and comfort it provided, safe from the dangers I could not imagine and could not protect you from. pg. 363


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