Author: Fatima Farheen Mirza
385 pages, published June 2018
A Place for Us unfolds the lives of an Indian-American Muslim family, gathered together in their Californian hometown to celebrate the eldest daughter, Hadia's, wedding - a match of love rather than tradition. It is here, on this momentous day, that Amar, the youngest of the siblings, reunites with his family for the first time in three years. Rafiq and Layla must now contend with the choices and betrayals that lead to their son's estrangement - the reckoning of parents who strove to pass on their cultures and traditions to their children; and of children who in turn struggle to balance authenticity in themselves with loyalty to the home they came from.
In a narrative that spans decades and sees family life through the eyes of each member, A Place For Us charts the crucial moments in the family's past, from the bonds that bring them together to the differences that pull them apart. And as siblings Hadia, Huda, and Amar attempt to carve out a life for themselves, they must reconcile their present culture with their parent's faith, to tread a path between the old world and the new, and learn how the smallest decisions can lead to the deepest of betrayals.
This is most definitely one of my top reads of 2018! I immersed myself in this book over the weekend and could not put it down. I fell in love with this family within the first few pages and became so attached to all of them. The writing was so eloquent and beautiful, and flowed effortlessly. The book jumps between time a lot--which would normally bug me but this was so well written that the order of the story totally made sense. I learned so much from this book and couldn't stop thinking about it once I finished it--this WILL give you a book hangover. The book is organized into four parts--before the wedding, the past, the wedding itself, and years in the future. It is emotional and gives you all the feels. A friend recommended this one to me and I am SO glad I read it. I recommend you read it too!