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A Place for Us

Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza, read by Deepti Gupta and Sunil Malhotra.

A Place for Us catches an Indian Muslim family as they prepare for their eldest daughter’s wedding. But as Hadia’s marriage - one chosen of love, not tradition - gathers the family back together, there is only one thing on their minds: can Amar, the estranged younger brother of the bride, be trusted to behave himself after three years away? 

A Place for Us tells the story of one family, but all family life is here. Rafiq and Layla must come to terms with the choices their children have made while Hadia, Huda and Amar must reconcile their present culture with their parents’ world, treading a path between old and new. And they must all learn how the smallest decisions can lead to the deepest betrayals. 

This is a novel for our times: a deeply moving examination of love, identity and belonging that turns our preconceptions over one by one. It announces Fatima Farheen Mirza as a major new literary talent.

©2018 Fatima Farheen Mirza (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"To be taken hostage by Fatima Mirza’s heartrending and timely story is a gutting pleasure.... She captures your mind and heart with an urgency that defies you to stop reading. I guarantee you will be different when you close the book." (Sarah Jessica Parker)

"Beautiful, intimate, tender. So vividly told the characters live and breathe." (Rachel Joyce)

"A brilliant, highly readable contemporary tale of identity and belonging." (Elle)

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Heartbreaking and beautiful

A beautiful heartbreaking story of a family trying to do what’s right by passing on their cultures and traditions to their children. And their children living their lives in modern America, the disparity between father and son. The story from the father’s point of views brings more clarity into his reasons for his doings and how he saw his son and the heartbreaking attempt at trying to reconcile with his son after their daughter’s wedding.

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Interesting insight into family and culture

A lot of detail into thoughts and actions, very well written, just a little too deep for a book club like mine. We need a little more of a plot and easier dialogue. We’ve lost a few members already. Personally, I liked the insight into love and perception s of others. Also the love of a father of his oblivious son was clever.

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  • 25-07-2018

the weight of ideology

This is a very well presented story. The readers are both excellent. I couldn't stop listening. This is a story of how people can be forced to live their lives when caught by custom and the community gaze. I find the characters caught in a web of the community and the other. This is not to say they rebel, they are with one exception singularly accepting of their lot in life. Ultimately even the most interesting character who cannot conform is still caught in the iron web even in his rebellion. Finally the community beats everyone, and the weakness of the story is that we are left hanging as to the fate of most interesting story line while the others resolve themselves with an iron cast predictability. Its a good read that impels the reader forward with characters that are mystifyingly unexplored. Most people will enjoy this book. My overall feelin is it feels like a very long introduction to a tale yet to be told.

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  • 03-08-2018

A simple story beautifully written.

I didn’t want it to end. I chose this book as it’s the first of Hogarth’s publications in partnership with SJP. Her recommendation was enough but I enjoyed it so much. It’s a story of a family. I use the word ‘simple’ in my headline because it’s the beauty of the writing, the descriptions and the warmth that stand out. The story is a part of it. I hope that makes sense and that you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • 26-02-2019

Great read

Draws you in from the start and keeps its grip. Emotions very relatable and you feel every character all along.