I read this one with my #galsandbookpals for the month of January as part of one of my Instagram buddy reads. A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza is a novel that follows an Indian-American Muslim family as they are gathered for their oldest daughter Haida’s wedding. Amar, the youngest son, makes an appearance at the wedding after not being in contact with the family for three years. The book spans decades following the three kids from childhood through adulthood and vividly explores their relationships with each other and with their parents.
If you’re a child who has ever felt not heard - this one is for you. If you're a parent who has ever questioned if you were getting through to your children - this one is for you. If you’ve ever been in a family where communication completely breaks down - this one is for you. If you’ve ever felt helpless in your own home and like you didn’t belong - this one is for you. If you’ve ever had hopes and dreams for your children that didn’t quite pan out how you wanted - this one is for you. If you’ve ever felt like you disappointed your parents - this one is for you.
This is a slow burn. There isn’t a crazy climax or plot twist. This is a character driven book that really pays off as you near the end. Everything you initially thought about this family will be turned up-side down. This one tore my heart wide open as I thought about my own family’s struggle to communicate through the years. I was reminded of the times I felt all alone in this world and that the people who were supposed to love me the most just didn’t understand me. I don’t cry easily while reading but this one gutted me toward the end. If you’re looking for a book to just settle in with and take your time - this is the one for you, trust me.