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A Place for Us

Written by: Fatima Farheen Mirza
Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
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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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A debut to rave ..

I read the reviews, saw the ratings and watched the interviews of the author which all pulled me inevitably to this wonderful novel. It is a smashing debut novel by this young author. A birlliant presentation where the timelines are craftily scrambleld without sacrificing cogency, keeps the reader glued. A daughter who believes in her faith, another who respects it but craves for independence, a son, a rebele who wants only love and for whom beliefs have a higher place than faith brought up by a very strict father and a well-meaning, silently sympathising mother all are caught in a tangle of love and hate, emotions and faith, memories and guilt. If the parents by their action are responsible for what their children have become, then shouldn't we give the benefit to the parents themselves, in turn, for how they were influenced by their own parents? Where does it begin and where does it end?
The narration by Deepti Gupta is brilliant, How effectively and with ease she can change her voice to suit the character? The same voice that sounds like a child sometimes, like a teenager at others, like and Indian born mom or an angry adult, the soothing voice of a mother or the bitterness of an unloved son. This narrator does deserve special praise ,

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Relatable yet Missing a Spark

Let me start of by saying the narration of this audiobook was excellent. The emotions and depth that these two bring without any attempted anglicization of their accents. They truly sound like what Indians abroad and not the caricatures depicted in foreign media.

The story has its moments with its premise irrespective of religion I think all of us like Amar question our connection and our parents enforcement of it.. however the toggled narration between different time periods makes the story less memorable especially in the audiobook format. I do not think in book format it would be any better too.

Overall an unpretentious writing and good narration but has its flaws

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  • 25-07-18

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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  • 03-08-18

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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  • shazia
  • 26-02-19

Great read

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-05-20

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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  • Alysia
  • 07-05-19

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.