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Blaire
A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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A bit slow in places but overcome by the powerful portrait of the relationship between the parents and children in a religious Muslim family. Questions of how much responsibility parents have for who their children become. The father‘s evolution brought me to tears. I also learned a lot about the practice of Islam. Looking forward to discussing this at family bookclub. #muslimmc #familybookclub

ChasingOm I love that you have a family bookclub! 4w
ReadingOverSleeping Family book club is awesome!! Stealing, if they cooperate 😁😂 4w
Reggie The part where the dad tells the grandson what to say on the phone....😭😭😭 4w
Blaire @Reggie yes! And that conversation with him at the wedding. First book that‘s made me cry in a while. 4w
Blaire @ChasingOm @readingoversleeping I highly recommend it. Mine is my mom, grandma, sister, and me. We do the discussion by video chat. It‘s nice to get the inter generational perspective and gives us more to talk about than family news. 4w
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writerlibrarian
Ayesha at Last | Uzma Jalaluddin
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Once I let go of the idea of the Pride and Prejudice remix pitch, I totally enjoyed the story the writer was showing us. Yes, there are element of Austen‘s novel. Still once I stopped trying to figure out who was who and took this journey of two people growing up both within and outside their familial circle, their faith and finding a companion with each other as it was not as it was promoted. I couldn‘t stop reading. #netgalley #booked2019

writerlibrarian The poetry, the Shakespeare overtones, the delicate balance between being yourself, being too rigid, fitting in as yourself and staying true to your belief both Ayesha and Khalid experience, Uzma Jalaluddin mixes all of this and offers an very good first novel. #booked2019 #summer @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft #muslimauthor #muslimMC (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen Nice review!!! Was this YA?? 2mo
writerlibrarian @Cinfhen the editor says it's YA but I find that label a bit narrow, I think teenagers might enjoy it, but it's more a 20 something and adult story. It was really interesting to feel and « see » the story through both the leads eyes and heart. It made me realized a few obvious things that are really, really annoying that I might have done before that I will not do ever again. Like asking Where are your from assuming that the person is new in here. 2mo
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Cinfhen I might give this a try!! Your review really sold it for me. Thanks for sharing 😊 2mo
Melissa_J @cinfhen that‘s interesting that the editor calls it YA. The book has been out here for over a year, and it wasn‘t marketed as YA. You can find it in the regular fiction section of any bookstore. 2mo
Melissa_J PS - I bought it when it was first published and I still haven‘t read it yet 😕 @Cinfhen 2mo
writerlibrarian @Melissa_J I know. It's coming out in the US on the 4th of June. I found it through Netgalley newsletter for librarians I'm in Quebec and I hadn't seen it I'm really hoping it will be translated in French so I can add it to the collection of my library. (edited) 2mo
writerlibrarian @Cinfhen it's still available as an ARC on netgalley. 2mo
Melissa_J Are a lot of English works translated into French? Since the author is Canadian I‘m a bit surprised it hasn‘t been. Maybe it will get picked up by a French (France) publisher. 2mo
writerlibrarian @Melissa_J Amazingly, not a lot of english Canadian books get translated in the year they are published. We mostly get them one, two sometimes 5 years later if a French editors picks them up. Two solitudes is still alive and well I'm afraid and disappointed to say. 2mo
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4thhouseontheleft
Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind | Suzanne Fisher Staples
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Usually, books that languish on my shelves end up with a big 👎👎 from me when I do finally read it. I‘m glad this little gem bucked the trend! Published in 1989, I overlooked the fact that this was not an Own Voices book, because it was clear the author did her research and spent time in the culture she was writing about. I loved Shabanu, and esp her relationship with her family‘s 🐫 🐫🐫.

#Booked2019 #MuslimMC
#pop19 #includesawedding
#MountTBR

TheReadingMermaid Woop woop 🙌😎💪 4mo
Andrew65 Going brilliantly! 👍🙌 4mo
Cinfhen Glad it was a pick because that cover has me thinking this book could have easily been a stinker. Which is why #NeverJudgeABookByItsCover 4mo
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maleahrae
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This story of three generations of Palestinian women was really rough to read at times, however I do love books that give me a peek into a culture different from my own. It was moving and heartbreaking and definitely not a light read.
#booked2019 #muslimmc
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

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JennyM
A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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A Place for Us shows us what it means to belong but, more importantly, what can happen when we feel we don‘t. The author‘s examination of how families deal with anger, sadness, shame, and guilt was so realistic, which made it all the more moving. All the feels and all the stars.
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

#Booked2019 #NewToYouAuthor

BarbaraBB So glad you didn‘t bail!! 6mo
Karisa Loved this book too! Made me cry quite a number of times. It felt a bit like the This is Us show format--circling a family through different key moments in time to understand them. 6mo
JennyM @Karisa it is up there as one of my very favourite books. I‘m so glad too, Barbara- I would have missed out on a special story @BarbaraBB 6mo
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Cinfhen I recently bought this as a #kindleDailyDeal ❤️I plan on reading for #MuslimMC #Booked2019 ~ can‘t wait!! I‘ve only seen positive reviews 6mo
TrishB Great review ?? will keep my eye out for kindle deal as it‘s currently (c8 still here @Cinfhen 6mo
Cinfhen I know @TrishB the price discrepancies are so frustrating!!!! 6mo
JennyM @Cinfhen I found it really slow at the start and nearly didn‘t continue reading. But it is such a rich, human story, it was a beautiful read . I would have used it for the same prompt too, but I‘m saving that one for The Kite Runner. I think you will both love @TrishB. I also think you would really enjoy from a psych perspective @Kalalalatja (if you‘ve not already read) 6mo
Cinfhen The Kite Runner is going to slay you! Get the tissues 😭😭😭 6mo
Kalalalatja I haven‘t read it, but have it stacked. I‘ll definitely keep an eye out for it! Thanks for the rec ❤️ 6mo
4thhouseontheleft Great review! I‘ve never heard of this book, but now I really want to read it. Stacked! 6mo
JennyM @4thhouseontheleft And it‘s a SJP Hogarth Press 😊 Hope you enjoy as much as I did 6mo
RaimeyGallant Sounds fabulous. 6mo
JennyM @RaimeyGallant I thought it was exceptional...what a debut! 6mo
Tashreads Oooh, bumped up TBR. Thanks xx 6mo
JennyM @Tashreads how did your twins go on their first day? 6mo
Tashreads They loved Kindy. Can‘t wait to go back 😊 😍 6mo
JennyM @Tashreads Yey...so glad it went well 😘 6mo
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