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The Other Americans: A Novel
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***2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST***Winner of the Arab American Book Award in FictionFinalist for the Kirkus Prize in FictionFinalist for the California Book AwardLonglisted for the Aspen Words Literary PrizeA Los Angeles Times bestsellerNamed a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, Time, NPR, Minneapolis Star TribuneDallas Morning News, The GuardianVariety, and Kirkus ReviewsLate one spring night in California, Driss Guerraoui—father, husband, business owner, Moroccan immigrant—is hit and killed by a speeding car. The aftermath of his death brings together a diverse cast of characters: Guerraoui's daughter Nora, a jazz composer returning to the small town in the Mojave she thought she'd left for good; her mother, Maryam, who still pines for her life in the old country; Efraín, an undocumented witness whose fear of deportation prevents him from coming forward; Jeremy, an old friend of Nora’s and an Iraqi War veteran; Coleman, a detective who is slowly discovering her son’s secrets; Anderson, a neighbor trying to reconnect with his family; and the murdered man himself. As the characters—deeply divided by race, religion, and class—tell their stories, each in their own voice, connections among them emerge. Driss’s family confronts its secrets, a town faces its hypocrisies, and love—messy and unpredictable—is born. Timely, riveting, and unforgettable, The Other Americans is at once a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story informed by the treacherous fault lines of American culture.
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        is the author of The Other Americans, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits; Secret Son; and The Moor's Account, which won the American Book Award, the Arab American Book Award, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Harper's Magazine, and The Guardian. A professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside, she lives in Los Angeles.
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***2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST***
Winner of the Arab American Book Award in Fiction
Finalist for the Kirkus Prize in Fiction
Finalist for the California Book Award
Longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize
A Los Angeles Times bestseller
Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, Time, NPR, Minneapolis Star TribuneDallas Morning News, The GuardianVariety, and Kirkus Reviews

Late one spring night in California, Driss Guerraoui—father, husband, business owner, Moroccan immigrant—is hit and killed by a speeding car. The aftermath of his death brings together a diverse cast of characters: Guerraoui's daughter Nora, a jazz composer returning to the small town in the Mojave she thought she'd left for good; her mother, Maryam, who still pines for her life in the old country; Efraín, an undocumented witness whose fear of deportation prevents him from coming forward; Jeremy, an old friend of Nora’s and an Iraqi War veteran; Coleman, a detective who is slowly discovering her son’s secrets; Anderson, a neighbor trying to reconnect with his family; and the murdered man himself.
As the characters—deeply divided by race, religion, and class—tell their stories, each in their own voice, connections among them emerge. Driss’s family confronts its secrets, a town faces its hypocrisies, and love—messy and unpredictable—is born. Timely, riveting, and unforgettable, The Other Americans is at once a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story informed by the treacherous fault lines of American culture.
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      • source: The Washington Post
      • content: "[A] page-turning mystery. . . . Lalami may be our finest contemporary chronicler of immigration and its discontents."
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      • source: The New York Times Book Review
      • content: "Timely and eloquent."
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      • source: The Atlantic
      • content: "Stunning. . . . Incisive. . . . Poignant. . . . Devastating."
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      • source: Esquire
      • content: "Revelatory. . . . Lalami is at the height of her powers in this poignant symphony of perspectives about the painful complexity of life as a Muslim American."
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      • content: "A beautiful, compassionate novel from a writer with keen insight into the human condition and a rare gift for crafting perfect prose."
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      • content: "A powerful novel of intolerance and compassion, resilience and weakness, love and loss."
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      • source: Vogue
      • content: "A complex dialogue on race, identity and politics; this book is a sign of the times we live in today."
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      • content: "Demonstrates brilliantly, in ways foreseen and unforeseen, as often denied as acknowledged, how the personal and political enmesh in all our lives."
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      • content: "This deftly constructed account of a crime and its consequences shows up, in its quiet way, the pressures under which ordinary Americans of Muslim background have labored since the events of 9/11."
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        After Moroccan immigrant Driss Guerraoui is killed in a hit-and-run in California, a host of characters converge to reveal his family's secrets and the town's failings with perhaps redemptive results. Among them are his widow, Maryam, still longing for the old country; his jazz composer daughter Nora; undocumented witness Efraín, fearing deportation if he testifies; the detective, dealing with her own troubled son; and more. From Pulitzer Prize finalist and Man Booker Prize long-listed Lalami (The Moor's Account).

        Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        January 1, 2019
        A hit-and-run in the Mojave Desert dismantles a family and puts a structurally elegant mystery in motion.In her fourth book, Lalami is in thrilling command of her narrative gifts, reminding readers why The Moor's Account (2014) was a Pulitzer finalist. Here, she begins in the voice of Nora Guerraoui, a nascent jazz composer, who recalls: "My father was killed on a spring night four years ago, while I sat in the corner booth of a new bistro in Oakland." She was drinking champagne at the time. Nora's old middle school band mate, Jeremy Gorecki, an Iraq War veteran beset with insomnia, narrates the next chapter. He hears about the hit-and-run as he reports to work as a deputy sheriff. The third chapter shifts to Efraín Aceves, an undocumented laborer who stops in the dark to adjust his bicycle chain and witnesses the lethal impact. Naturally, he wants no entanglement with law enforcement. With each chapter, the story baton passes seamlessly to a new or returning narrator. Readers hear from Erica Coleman, a police detective with a complacent husband and troubled son; Anderson Baker, a bowling-alley proprietor irritated over shared parking with the Guerraoui's diner; the widowed Maryam Guerraoui; and even the deceased Driss Guerraoui. Nora's parents fled political upheaval in Casablanca in 1981, roughly a decade before Lalami left Morocco herself. In the U.S., Maryam says, "Above all, I was surprised by the talk shows, the way Americans loved to confess on television." The author, who holds a doctorate in linguistics, is precise with language. She notices the subtle ways that words on a diner menu become dated, a match to the décor: "The plates were gray. The water glasses were scratched. The gumball machine was empty." Nuanced characters drive this novel, and each voice gets its variation: Efraín sarcastic, Nora often argumentative, Salma, the good Guerraoui daughter, speaks with the coiled fury of the duty-bound: "You're never late, never sick, never rude." The ending is a bit pat, but Lalami expertly mines an American penchant for rendering the "other."A crime slowly unmasks a small town's worth of resentment and yearning.

        COPYRIGHT(2019) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        Who killed Driss Guerraoui? Was it an accident, a hit-and-run in the wee hours of the morning? Or was it murder, a brutal act against the Moroccan immigrant who might pose a threat to a neighborhood business in a small Mojave-desert town? The mystery at the center of Lalami's (The Moor's Account, 2014) novel brings together an intriguing set of characters, including Driss' daughter, Nora, a struggling composer who returns home to the remnants of her family. There's Maryam, Driss' wife, who misses her native country; Iraq War veteran Jeremy, who is battling his own demons while trying to help Nora; and African American detective Coleman, who is trying to work out the mechanics of the case while facing her own domestic challenges. Now and then the story is nearly drowned out by the nine narrating voices, yet Lalami impressively conducts this chorus of flawed yet graceful human beings to mellifluous effect. I didn't know which version of the past I could trust, which story was supported by the facts and which had been reshaped to fit them, whether out of grief or out of malice, Coleman worries. An eloquent reminder that frame of reference is everything when defining the other. (Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

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Longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize
A Los Angeles Times bestseller
Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, Time, NPR, Minneapolis Star TribuneDallas Morning News, The GuardianVariety, and Kirkus Reviews

Late one spring night in California, Driss Guerraoui—father, husband, business owner, Moroccan immigrant—is hit and killed by a speeding car. The aftermath of his death brings together a diverse cast of characters: Guerraoui's daughter Nora, a jazz composer returning to the small town in the Mojave she thought she'd left for good; her mother, Maryam, who still pines for her life in the old country; Efraín, an undocumented witness whose fear...
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