From the Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of The Moors Account, here is a timely and powerful new novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrantat once a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story, informed by the treacherous fault lines of American culture.Late one spring night, as Driss Guerraoui is walking across a darkened intersection in California, hes killed by a speeding car. The repercussions of his death bring together a diverse cast of characters: Guerraouis daughter Nora, a jazz composer who returns to the small town in the Mojave she thought shed left for good; his widow, Maryam, who still pines after her life in the old country; Efran, an undocumented witness whose fear of deportation prevents him from coming forward; Jeremy, an old friend of Noras and an Iraqi War veteran; Coleman, a detective who is slowly discovering her sons secrets; Anderson, a neighbor trying to reconnect with his family; and the murdered man himself.As the charactersdeeply divided ...
|Title||:||The Other Americans|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
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The Other Americans Reviews
My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There’s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the plot, at least in a pressing sense. The other characters are immediate family or characters connected to the family or incident in some way. “What a fragile thing a heart was. So easy to fool. To break. To stop on imp ...more
★★✰✰✰ 2.5 stars (rounded down)
I'm really disappointed by this book. It tells a predictable and unevenly paced story which focuses on flat stereotypes whose different point of views merge into one indistinguishable passive voice.
Not a bad novel but...far from good.
If you haven't read novels similar to this one you might be able to look past its cliches and its poorly orchestrated narrative.
Initially I thought that this book was doing something similar to Everything Here Is Beautiful wh ...more
Don’t approach “The Other Americans”, by Laila Lalami, as a mystery to solve “who done it”. The hit and run death at the beginning is merely the catalyst for an immediately arresting story about a group of interconnected characters – ordinary Americans – who have a variety of world-views and experiences, many of whom are marginalized and function in the shadows.
The story is fast-paced and told in alternating first-person narratives – almost like interviews – from four years in the future after t ...more
Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this novel revolving around a seemingly hit-and-run fatal accident in which a Moroccan immigrant is killed. Driss and his family left Morocco many years ago escaping political persecution, and, though with difficulty, the ...more
The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class tensions, but also allows insight into the burdens our protectors carry. Although the book description focuses on the hit and run accident that claimed the life of patriarch Driss Guerraroui, at the forefront of this ...more
Incredible. Beautifully written, I felt as if the characters were telling only me their story and I was feeling each word. I loved the way so many characters shared their sides. Really really beautiful book.
At the center of this novel is a hit-and-run incident that takes a man's life: was it just an accident, was it reckless driving, or was it perhaps murder?
But The Other Americans is so much more than this mystery. It is a character study of all the people connected to the hit-and-run: the victim himself, the victim's family, the local community where the hit-and-run occurred, the perpetrator and the perpetrator's family, and the police detective who investigates; each of these individuals has a f ...more
This book. It’s one of those that will stay with you. It’s intense but relatable and you just want more, yet the ending worked beautifully. Told from multiple points of views about the aftermath of a hit and run of an immigrant from Morocco. The points of view range from his children, his wife, the investigating detective, a daughter’s friend and business neighbors. Some points of view were told with more frequency, yet it’s the ones who aren’t focused on that help flesh out the entire ...more