FIC: The Other Americans by Laila Lalami

October: Fiction Pick

This is an elegant mystery, also a love story, and a story about the problems finding a place to call home in America if you’re of brown skin and have an unpronounceable Morrocan name.  The book is written in short chapters, whose titles name the character whose point of view is being expressed. In the writing style, seemingly unrelated details, of the light, of something happening in nature, end up drawing the reader into the space of the novel.  The main character is a young woman, newly out of college, trying to make her way as a composer. It’s her coming-of-age story. She is the daughter of the person killed just before the story begins. 


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