Fatima Farheen Mirza’s debut novel A Place for Us, from Sarah Jessica Parker's new imprint, SJP for Hogarth, is a deeply moving story of love, identity, and belonging. As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the secrets and betrayals that caused their close-knit family to fracture. An instant New York Times bestseller, A Place for Us depicts the joys and struggles of family life—from Rafiq and Layla’s own arrival in America from India, to the years in which their children tread between two cultures, seeking to find their place in the world. Mirza is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship.
Tommy Orange’s bestselling debut novel There There is the story of 12 unforgettable Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day. As we learn why each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow—some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent—momentum builds toward a shocking conclusion that changes everything. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, heroism, and loss. Dubbed by the New York Times as “groundbreaking, extraordinary,” this is the book that everyone is talking about right now, and it’s destined to be a classic.
6:30 p.m. Explore works of art in the DMA's global collection dealing with themes of identity on a docent-led tour.
Fatima's book is a Moveable Feast Book Club selection.