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The first novel from Sarah Jessica Parker's new imprint, SJP for Hogarth, A Place for Us is a deeply moving and resonant story of love, identity and belonging

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 h
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Hardcover, 385 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by SJP for Hogarth
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Fatima Mirza
Fatima Mirza - author, native Californian
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker - actress, editorial director

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Jen I did initially, but after a bit it became more like how we remember things in our lives anyway...something will happen that takes us back, etc.

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I did initially, but after a bit it became more like how we remember things in our lives anyway...something will happen that takes us back, etc.

The fourth part, written from the perspective of the father, is the strongest in the book IMHO, and really ties the whole book together.(less)

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Emily May
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arc, 2018
July 2, 2018: I am so excited about this: I did an interview with the lovely Fatima on my blog! We talked about A Place for Us, working with Sarah Jessica Parker, and favourite books!


She could hold in her heart a belief in Islam as well as the unwavering belief that every human had the right to choose who they loved, and how, and that belief was in exact accordance with her faith: that it is the individual's right to choose, and the individual's duty to empathize with one another.

Do you love t
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Melissa
It isn’t often that a book manages to tiptoe quietly into my life and steal a piece of my heart as effortlessly as this enthralling beauty. Thought-provoking, insightful and rife with stunning passages, A Place for Us is much more than just a novel to spend a few days with—it's one to appreciate, grow from and reflect back on.

Within the first few pages it’s clear, Fatima Farheen Mirza’s writing is something special—there's a distinct beauty to her storytelling. From the intriguing opening, to
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Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
*All the stars, and the beautiful moon that follows each of us, always*

Symbolic, realistic-storytelling at its finest!


A colorful masterpiece and truly a story to savor, A PLACE FOR US uses a soothing voice to deliver a powerful message that will hug the hearts and hold the hands of its readers!

This author lets us know quite distinctly that we are not just readers; we are powerful beings capable of changing the world by altering the way we think. By making an effort to view life through the eye
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Sarah Jessica Parker
It is with tremendous excitement that I’m sharing Fatima Farheen Mirza’s novel, A Place for Us, the first book on the SJP for Hogarth list. When we first conceived of this imprint, and imagined the kinds of books we wanted to publish, I went back to my own bookshelves—to books I loved, books that expanded my horizons, and opened me up to other worlds. In A Place for Us, I found all this and more: an exquisitely tender-hearted story of a Muslim Indian American family caught between cultures, and ...more
Norma * Traveling Sister
5 ***** Glowing Stars! Wow! This book was an absolutely phenomenal read and was quickly placed into my Goodreads Favourite Reads shelf for 2018!

This book was absolutely everything to me! My thoughts and emotions did not change from the very first sentence of this book and held dear right to the very last sentence. If anything it just reminded me of what I seek and why I love to read! A PLACE FOR US moved me more than any other novel has ever moved me before.

I have never been so excited to have
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Susanne Strong
Five Beautiful, Heart-Wrenching, Emotional, Evocative Stars.

Extremely rare are the novels that touch the soul, permanently marking the heart, creating a burning in the lungs, making it impossible to draw in enough air. “A Place for Us” by Fatima Farheen Mirza is that kind of novel.

Every word read, causing an emotional chill and creating a sensation that coursed through me, making my heart all a flutter.


“A Place For Us” is a novel about a family of five: Rafiq, Layla, Hadia, Huda and Amar, all
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Angela M
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Every once in a while I read a debut novel that is so perfect because it’s everything I want - beautifully written with characters that have you caring about them from the beginning and a story that will not easily be forgotten. This is one of them. You might read reviews of this book both on Goodreads and in the press and see words like stunning, beautiful, powerful and I wish I could be more original and find some different words but I can only say that this book is all of those things. This i
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Diane S ☔
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! I am just blown away by the fact that this is a first novel, the story and theme so universal. A Muslim Indian family in America, trying to maintain it's own beliefs and culture, while facing modernity. This family, mother, father, two daughters , Hadia and Huda, and the youngest, a son Amar who never really feels he belongs. We come to know this family inside and out,the book starts with the marriage of Hadia,and then goes back and forth, to various beginnings and endings. While their bel ...more
Elyse
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful!!!

If you see reviews deeply speaking to your heart -or feel personally important to you in one way or another such as Diane S’s review did for me...and more and more high rating reviews rolling in....Karen, Cheri, Jill, Patti, Rhonda, Alaina, Anne, Amena, DeAnn, Linda, Mimi, Virginia, Amin, KatieB, Jill Dobbie,
Becky, Barbara, Kimberly, Tamkeen, Nancy, Betty, Kathy, Jamckean, Marcy,Janet, Karen Hagerman, Patti...on and on and on...
....and the book is not even released in sto
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Melisa - Traveling Sister
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I knew my review wouldn’t do this book justice but here it is:

Like coming home.
Like a long, slow hug.
Like a song that you can’t get out of your head.


A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza is one of the most extraordinary, thought provoking pieces of literature I have read in a very long time and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I am so very honored to have been included in this beautiful group of reviewers and to have read something so spectacular together with them.

It is my fear that I cann
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
5 stars to A Place for Us, an emotionally-evocative and profound story of family and belonging! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I read A Place for Us with the Traveling Sisters, a wonderful group of avid readers here on Goodreads. I was the lone straggler, coming in with my thoughts late on this book, and while I wish I had been able to discuss more throughout reading, I felt such an intense connection to this book, I needed time to process. It was a total pleasure to read this with my sisters and an absolute honor to be
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Berit☀️✨Traveling Sister✨
5 Beautiful Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was more than just a book it was an experience... I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to read this with a group of my fellow reviewers and friends the “Traveling Sisters”... we have read and love many books together, but this was hands-down the best discussion we have ever had... each of these amazing ladies brought their own life experiences to the discussion and it touched each and every one of us in an unique and special way.... this is a book that will
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Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing


So Beautiful, Emotional and Moving!

I was immediately drawn into the story due to the beautiful writing. I love how Sarah Jessica Parker described the writing on the very first page of the book, "Told with a delicacy as though every sentence is spun from glass. I just had to savor each sentence and it flowed so well.

This book is so different than I usually read. I have to have a lot of suspense while reading a book. At least that's what I thought until I read this one. It did have some suspense,
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Kaceey - Traveling Sister
Five superb stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A powerful debut novel that explores the complicated relationship of a traditional family existing in a modern world.

Tradition. Respect. Strong words that run deep. Words not only meant to guide ones’ life, but in many ways define it.
Some stay within the tight circle of what they hold to be true. Others, rebellious and curious, seek the lure of the unknown. Would it be possible to find the joy and happiness everyone seeks somewhere in the middle?
To be sure, a delicate line
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Larry H
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars, rounded up.

Poignant, warm, and thought-provoking, A Place for Us is a tremendously self-assured look at an American Muslim family, and the obligations and tangles that family and religion create.

Family and friends of Rafiq and Layla gather for the wedding of their oldest daughter, Hadia, who has broken tradition by marrying for love and not marrying a match arranged by her parents.

Hadia has always been headstrong, but she has made her parents proud by becoming a doctor, again, not a
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Mackenzie - Traveling Sister
I don’t know quite how to put into words how beautiful this book is. It worked its way into my heart. This story feels like it has become a part of me, as though it has changed the way I see the world and other people and cultures. The writing is absolutely breathtaking. I heard it described by SJP as delicate, as though each sentence is spun from glass. I couldn’t say it better! Each word and sentence is so perfectly chosen. Each character is someone I love, and want to cry with and laugh with, ...more
Kendall
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, favorites
How do you write a review for a book that takes your breath away and leaves you speechless?

There is something I know that is true.... my review cannot do this book justice in how powerful and beautiful this piece of literature truly is but I will try! :)

A Place for Us is a place for ME, a place for YOU, a place for EVERYONE. Fatima Farheen Mirza's debut explores an inspiring masterpiece about love, identity, culture, and a sense of belonging.

Fatima's writing is absolutely flawless.... the onion
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Debbie
Are you kidding me?

Unlike the rest of the world, including sweet Sarah Jessica Parker, I did not drool over this one, unless you count the drool that appeared when I dozed off in absolute boredom. I want my hours back! Yeah yeah yeah, I know. I should have ditched it. I guess I was just committed to torturing myself.

I was so looking forward to this one, rave reviews everywhere, oh I’m sure I’ll love it. The story sounded interesting: an Indian Muslim family living in America. My balloon was ful
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Brenda - Traveling Sister
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Norma and I read A Place For Us with 18 of our Traveling Sisters. Right from the very first mention of reading this book we were excited and had no idea the incredible reading experience that awaited for us. With a few sisters who mostly stick to thrillers and were a little hesitant at first as this was not their normal read we all dived in together and were immediately drawn into this family and story.

I will not be able to beautifully put my thoughts together or write a review as beautiful as
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Lindsay - Traveling Sister
4.5 stars!

Emotional. Eye-opening. Beautiful. Breathtaking. Intense. Raw. Unforgettable.

This novel follows the lives of a Muslim Indian American family. The eldest daughter, Hadia, is getting married which brings the family back together under one roof after being apart for the last few years.

Let me start by saying, the writing was absolutely stunning, exquisite and quite simply – perfection. The fact that this author is 27 years old is mind-blowing. She writes with such maturity, elegance and
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Karen
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Place For Us is a first novel for Fatima Farheen Mirza, and a first literary work acquired by Sarah Jessica Parker as editorial director for SJP for Hogarth.

This is the story of a Muslim Indian American family, and their community, living in California.
It begins with the wedding of Rafiq and Layla’s daughter Hadia’s wedding, a marriage based on love instead of the tradition. This wedding brings back together a family of five, including an estranged younger brother, Amar. The novel goes back a
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Cheri
”There's a place for us,
Somewhere a place for us.
Peace and quiet and open air
Wait for us
Somewhere.

“There's a time for us,
Some day a time for us,
Time together with time to spare,
Time to look, time to care,
Someday!
Somewhere.
We'll find a new way of living,
We'll find a way of forgiving
Somewhere.”

-- Somewhere (A Place For Us) - West Side Story, by Leonard Bernstein; lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

A Muslim family struggles to maintain their religion, traditions and values, all the while hopi
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Anne Bogel
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I may bump this up to 5 stars (but I like to sit with it a while first). This is one of the best, most emotionally resonant books I've read in a while. Complex, wistful, melancholy.
Carol (Bookaria)
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, fiction
This is an emotional and amazingly-written story. I savored it and invite you to do the same.

A PLACE FOR US is a novel about family, love, faith, community, and tradition from the perspective of a Muslim-American Family. The characters are complex and well-developed, and I could relate to each of them at different points of the story.

The author did an excellent job at drawing you in from the start. The novel opens up with a richly-depicted wedding. After years of being estranged from his family,
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Jennifer Blankfein
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW! What a great book! I feel like I have a deep understanding of this beautiful, struggling family having experienced their lives from different perspectives through Fatima Farheen Mirza’s heartfelt and elegantly written debut. She is gifted in making you feel the characters’ emotions from their own viewpoint and from other perspectives, gradually revealing different aspects without retelling the story.

A Place For Us begins at Hadia’s wedding in California. The family gathers to celebrate a ma
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JanB
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book, both visually and in it's content. It’s a slow burn, a quiet novel with such beautifully expressed thoughts that it would be impossible to read without being deeply affected. I’m in awe that this is a debut novel of a 26-year-old author. Believe all the hype and glowing reviews – this book is deserving of all of it.

The book opens in California with the wedding of Hadia, the eldest of 3 siblings in an Indian-American Muslim family. The estranged brother, Amar, surprising
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Marialyce
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 sad and poignant stars

My reviews can be found at: http://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...

"There were many ways of breaking a heart. Stories were full of hearts being broken by love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream-whatever that dream might be. (Pearl Buck)"

A family, a faith, a country, customs, and traditions all combine to make this book an outstanding piece of literature. This is a story that will break your heart so many times in so many ways. "I don't know why they
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Dem
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Didn't have the wow factor for me.

Children are not born with a manual and parenting is something we all figure out as we go along. Are we to blame for our children's mistakes ?
. A place for us is a book that explores family and religion and what it is like to be brought up in a family where rules and religion are priorities and bringing "shame" on the family can cause so much pain.
An Indian-American Muslim family, trying to raise their children with the traditions and customs they themselves
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Ron Charles
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t felt this awed since I picked up a novel called “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena,” by a then-unknown young writer named Anthony Marra. Mirza writes about family life with the wisdom, insight and patience you would expect from a mature novelist adding a final masterpiece to her canon, but this is, fortunately, just the start of an extraordinary career.

“A Place for Us” opens at a wedding in Northern California. A doctor named Hadia is getting married, and her greatest joy is that her
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Dana
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There's a place for us,
Somewhere a place for us.
Peace and quiet and open air
Wait for us
Somewhere.

There's a time for us,
Some day a time for us,
Time together with time to spare,
Time to look, time to care,
Someday!
Somewhere.
We'll find a new way of living,
We'll find a way of forgiving
Somewhere.

There's a place for us,
A time and place for us.
Hold my hand and we're half way there.
Hold my hand and I'll take you there
Somehow,
Someday,
Somewhere!

-Somewhere (A Place for Us) Westside Story

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Fatima Farheen Mirza was born in 1991 and raised in California. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship.
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“Are you happy," he asked.
"I am." she said. And then she twisted again the row of bangles on her wrist. "I'm content. My parents are happy.”
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