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The Other Americans by [Laila Lalami]
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From the Pulitzer Prize finalist and Booker Prize-longlisted author of The Moor's Account, a timely and powerful novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant that is at once a family saga, a murder mystery and a love story. --This text refers to the paperback edition.


This deftly constructed account of a crime and its consequences shows up, in its quiet way, the pressures under which ordinary Americans have labored since the events of 9/11 -- J.M. Coetzee

The Other Americans is one of the most affecting novels I have read about race and immigration post 9/11. It’s a novel that reaches beyond its immediate setting to illuminate more universal themes of loss, alienation and betrayal. Subtle, wise and full of humanity, The Other Americans deserves a wide audience ― The Times

A family saga with the suspense of a mystery and, finally, the satisfying resolution of a thriller ― Spectator

A rich and mysterious family saga by a Pulitzer Prize–nominated author who always delivers magnificent prose. This story about the death of a Moroccan immigrant explodes into a compelling tale of love, family, race and heartache. Absolutely wonderful -- Elizabeth Gilbert

A powerful novel of intolerance and compassion, resilience and weakness, love and loss, populated by flawed but sympathetic characters whose lives are rocked by actions and emotions beyond their control ― Economist

Rich, polyphonic ... Accumulates a kind of revelatory power, setting aside top-down commentary in favour of side-by-side juxtaposition, a narrative style that ultimately functions as a plea for more listening ― Observer

A moving and exceptionally rich portrait of a modern American community, one that is much more far-reaching than just a saga of immigration ― Sunday Times

Confirms Lalami’s reputation as one of the most sensitive interrogators, probing at the faultlines in family and the wider world ― Financial Times

In gentle and stylish prose, Lalami gives us a picture of life as a Muslim immigrant in the USA, a glimpse of the trauma suffered by veterans of war in the Middle East and an account of family stresses familiar in all cultures and countries. It is a most impressive novel ― Literary Review

A wonderfully constructed novel, like a musical piece made up of many voices -- Tim Pears

A provocative and gripping novel by a gifted writer -- John Boyne, author of 'A Ladder to the Sky' and 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas'

A writer of uncommon conviction and tremendous insight -- Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'The Sympathizer'

I’m going to make a prediction, which is dangerous I know, but nonetheless… I predict The Other Americans is going to create a literary storm. Near enough to faultless, this book is a poignant exploration of grief, love, racism and jealousy that will undoubtedly rank as one of the best books of 2019 ― Good Reading Magazine

Lalami packs sibling rivalry, a crime investigation, a love story and family secrets into her propulsive plotline … A masterful and intimate polyphonic narrative -- Ten books to read in 2019 ― BBC

A strong successor to her Pulitzer-nominated The Moor’s Account, The Other Americans is a study of race in the wake of the War on Terror intertwined deftly with a love story and the dissection of a family dynamic, in which every character, like the young Moroccan acrobats, contributes an essential part of the whole ― The Herald

This may be even better than The Moor’s Account … The Other Americans is a combination mystery, love story and literary exploration of immigrants in America -- Nicholas Kristoff ― New York Times

Lalami is in thrilling command of her narrative gifts, reminding readers why The Moor's Account was a Pulitzer finalist … Lalami expertly mines an American penchant for rendering the ‘other' ― Kirkus Reviews

Unforgettable -- Picks for 2019 ― Bustle

Tremendous and powerful, The Moor’s Account is one of the finest historical novels I’ve encountered in a while. It rings with thunder! -- Praise for 'The Moor's Account' ― Gary Shteyngart

A story with extraordinary power. The Moor's Account is more than a good story, it’s a great one: rich, vivid and gripping; a thoughtful investigation into how we frame the narratives of our own lives -- Praise for 'The Moor's Account' ― Guardian

Lalami has once again shown why she is one of her generation’s most gifted writers -- Praise for 'The Moor's Account' ― Reza Aslan

Lalami has built a remarkable novel -- Praise for 'The Moor's Account' ― Independent

An exciting tale of wild hopes, divided loyalties and highly precarious fortunes -- Praise for 'The Moor's Account' ― New Yorker

Brilliantly imagined -- Praise for 'The Moor's Account' ― Salman Rushdie --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07K8RTP5J
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bloomsbury Publishing; 1st edition (26 March 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3152 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 307 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
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Laila Lalami was born in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Great Britain, and the United States. She the author of four novels, including 'The Moor’s Account', which won the American Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and 'The Other Americans', which was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her essays and criticism have appeared in The Nation, Harper’s, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. She has received fellowships from the British Council, the Fulbright Program, and the Guggenheim Foundation and is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside. She lives in Los Angeles.