The Other Americans

The Other Americans

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National Book Award finalist
Kirkus Prize finalist
Aspen Literary Prize longlist
A Best Book of 2019: NPR, Time , Variety, Bookpage , NYPL
A Washington Post notable book
A Los Angeles Times bestseller


From the Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of The Moor's Account, here is a timely and powerful novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant--at once a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story, informed by the treacherous fault lines of American culture.

Late one spring night, Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant living in California, is walking across a darkened intersection when he is killed by a speeding car. The repercussions of his death bring together a diverse cast of characters: Guerraoui's daughter Nora, a jazz composer who returns to the small town in the Mojave she thought she'd left for good; his widow, Maryam, who still pines after 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 Iraq 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, connections among them emerge, even as Driss's family confronts its secrets, a town faces its hypocrisies, and love, messy and unpredictable, is born.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524747145
1524747149
Branch Call Number: LALAMI
Characteristics: 301 pages ; 25 cm

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Lalami is a professor of writing and the author of The Moor's Account.

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ArapahoeAnnaL Sep 25, 2020

I love hearing each character’s voice tell the story from their own experience and perspective! The contradictory accounts are life-like and thought-provoking. I kept asking myself who really are “the other Americans.”

Lalami is a professor of writing and the author of The Moor's Account.

National Book Award 2019 finalist for fiction


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ArapahoeAnnaL Sep 25, 2020

I love hearing each character’s voice tell the story from their own experience and perspective! The contradictory accounts are life-like and thought-provoking. I kept asking myself who really are “the other Americans.”

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