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The Other Americans

(2019)
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FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2019

'A provocative and gripping novel by a gifted writer' JOHN BOYNE
'Remarkable, timely ... Impeccably written' ROXANE GAY
'A deftly constructed account of a crime and its consequences' J.M. COETZEE
'A writer of uncommon conviction and tremendous insight' VIET THANH NGUYEN

There wasn't anything I could do. All I saw was a man falling to the ground.

Late one spring night, Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant 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; Efrain, an undocumented witness whose fear of deportation prevents him from coming forward; Jeremy, a former classmate of Nora's and now a veteran of the Iraq war; Coleman, a detective who is slowly discovering her son's secrets; Anderson, a neighbor trying to reconnect with his family; and Driss himself.

As the characters - deeply divided by race, religion and class - tell their stories in The Other Americans, Driss's family is forced to confront its secrets, a town faces its hypocrisies and love, in all its messy and unpredictable forms, is born.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A provocative and gripping novel by a gifted writer." - John Boyne

"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

"A writer of uncommon conviction and tremendous insight." - Viet Thanh Nguyen


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Title: The Other Americans
Author(s): Laila Lalami
ISBN: 1-5266-0670-4 / 978-1-5266-0670-9 (UK edition)
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Title: The Other Americans: A Novel
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Title: The Other Americans: A Novel
Author(s): Laila Lalami
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Title: The Other Americans
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Title: The Other Americans: A Novel
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