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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  35,580 ratings  ·  5,516 reviews
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

As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the choices their children have made. There is Hadia: their headstrong, eldest daughter, whose marriage is a match of love
Paperback, 388 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Sjp for Hogarth (first published June 12th 2018)
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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.

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)
Danya Shakfeh Yes, It sounds like ADHD. Although ADHD is often associated with hyperactivity and lack of attention, it is actually a condition that involves…moreYes, It sounds like ADHD. Although ADHD is often associated with hyperactivity and lack of attention, it is actually a condition that involves self-regulation, both physically and emotionally. As children they can be more "sensitive" and have difficulty coping with problems, even ones that seem small to most people. They are also very impulsive and stubborn. Layla describes Amar in this way when she is searching for a book and he exhibits and described in such a way throughout the book. They are still "smart" but don't do well in school due to inability to regulate. Those with untreated ADHD often grow older and turn to drugs and alcohol as coping mechanisms and dealing with feelings of ineptitude.(less)

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Emily May
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, contemporary, 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.

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It isnt 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 withit's one to appreciate, grow from and reflect back on.

Within the first few pages its clear, Fatima Farheen Mirzas writing is something specialthere's a distinct beauty to her storytelling. From the intriguing opening, to the
Sarah Jessica Parker
It is with tremendous excitement that Im sharing Fatima Farheen Mirzas 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 bookshelvesto 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 a ...more
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 Im sure Ill love it. The story sounded interesting: an Indian Muslim family living in America. My balloon was full
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
Anne Bogel
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 of
Norma * Traveling Sister and proud Grandma!!!
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
Elyse  Walters
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic Kindle deals going on....,
At $1.99 .... this must be one of the best download special prices of the day!
Damn! Another book to not miss because its FULLY ENJOYABLE!!!

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 Ss 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,
Angela M
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Every once in a while I read a debut novel that is so perfect because its 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 is
Diane S ☔
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza is a 2018 SJP for Hogarth publication.

The incredible amount of time I waited to read this book was worth it. This book is everything my peers said it would be. What can I add, at this stage, which hasnt already been said, and far more eloquently than I? A formidable task, but I couldn't leave all these powerful emotions bottled up inside, needing to express some of my own personal thoughts on it.

Im a big fan of family sagas, and no matter which way you
I used the wrong words. I acted the wrong ways. I will wait, until you are ready. I will always wait for you...
What a wonderful, still, thoughtful and at the same time emotional read this was.... Absolutely at loss for words actually. What a great read. I have to say, halfway through I did think the story was a bit long in the sense that an edit could have been necessary, but especially the last part, where the father contemplates and looks back at his life and his family, the conflicts and the
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew my review wouldnt do this book justice but here it is:

Like coming home.
Like a long, slow hug.
Like a song that you cant 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 cannot
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
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
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley, 2018
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
Mary Beth
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Larry H
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
I dont 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 couldnt 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
Felice Laverne
How were they to know the moment that would define them? It will affect his personality for his whole life, someone is saying to her, and whose fault will it be then? Mine, a voice replies, and the voice is hersWhat had she done to her brother, so that she could survive, so that she could be the one who thrived?

Fatima Farheen Mirza's A Place for Us has been widely celebrated since its release in mid-June. Lauded for the brilliant display of writing found within these pages equally as much as it
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2018
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
There's a place for us,
Somewhere a place for us.
Peace and quiet and open air
Wait for us

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

-- 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 hoping
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
Brenda -Traveling Sister
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
This is a beautiful book, both visually and in it's content. Its a slow burn, a quiet novel with such beautifully expressed thoughts that it would be impossible to read without being deeply affected. Im 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, surprisingly
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wedding reunites a family together after 3 years. The past is relived through each family member. The struggles they have had adapting and growing up in America and hanging onto their indian heritage, culture and religion.
A son, Amar, returns after a 3 year absence that has created much pain for every family member.
Coping with individual losses, this is a story of compassion; Of hurt; of love. Many misunderstandings and miscommunications creating a life of regrets.
This will squeeze and twist
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Laylas daughter Hadias 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 and
Jennifer Blankfein
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 Mirzas 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 Hadias wedding in California. The family gathers to celebrate a
This is the only time I can ever remember feeling like theres something wrong with me for not loving a book. Though it's only being published today, A Place for Us is already near-universally adored, and it sounded like a book that was right up my alley: a sprawling portrait of a dysfunctional family is the blueprint for so many of my favorite books and I didnt see any reason for A Place for Us to be an exception.

And its undeniably a beautiful novel. It follows an Indian-American Muslim family
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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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