A Place for Us brings a whole new take on family drama following the lives of an Indian-American Muslim family and its complexities.
When I heard that Sarah Jessica Parker was started up her own publishing house, I was sceptical to say the least. Having watched SJP in Sex and the City for many years and then on repeat for even more, I was interested to see her taste in books and how she would like a story told. Podcasts are my new obsession at the moment and SJP was interviewed by Gwyneth Paltrow and she spoke so passionately about Hogarths publishing, I had to read her first book.
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza follows the lives of an Indian-American Muslim family and begins on the eve of the eldest daughter Hadia’s wedding, daughter of Layla and Rafiq and sister to Huda and Amir. All the drama unfolds on the night of Hadia’s wedding who focused on her family drama and the arrival of her brother Amir after years of estrangement.
On the surface, A Place for Us seems like a typical family drama but it actually is so much more. Mirza is an effortless writer, weaving in the cultural complications of balancing traditional values with 21st century American suburban life and the usual family issues about patriarchy and parental responsibility. Through each of the character’s eyes, we witness the family turmoil, sibling rivalry and jealousy and disappointments and indescribable family love. The plot is rich and almost poetic, and you can’t help but feel sympathy for the characters. You don’t want them to make the wrong decisions yet sometimes it is the only way life makes sense to them.
If you want to read a fresh take on family and relationships, this book is a must read.
The book is available on Amazon.