Laila Lalami is the author of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Secret Son, and The Moor's Account, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and which won the American Book Award, the Arab American Book Award, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Harper's Magazine, and The Guardian. In 2019, she was awarded the Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Prize for her body of work. A professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside, she lives in Los Angeles. www.lailalalami.com
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
"[A] page-turning mystery. . . . Lalami may be our finest
contemporary chronicler of immigration and its discontents."
--The Washington Post "You're in the hands of a maestra of
literary fiction. . . . Riveting. . . . Excellent." --NPR "Timely
and eloquent." --The New York Times Book Review "Stunning. .
. . Incisive. . . . Poignant. . . . Devastating." --The
Atlantic "Revelatory. . . . Lalami is at the height of her
powers in this poignant symphony of perspectives about the painful
complexity of life as a Muslim American." --Esquire "A
beautiful, compassionate novel from a writer with keen insight into
the human condition and a rare gift for crafting perfect prose."
--Los Angeles Times
"A powerful novel of intolerance and compassion, resilience and weakness, love and loss." --The Economist
"A complex dialogue on race, identity and politics; this book is a sign of the times we live in today." --Vogue "Demonstrates brilliantly, in ways foreseen and unforeseen, as often denied as acknowledged, how the personal and political enmesh in all our lives." --The Guardian
"A compelling portrait of race and immigration in America. . . . Lalami is remarkably skilled at rendering the interior lives of her cast." --Time
"Lalami's scrupulous construction lends The Other Americans a page-turning excitement. . . . Her interrogation is rigorous, and her provocations--about love's dangerous power, the ties between resentment and privilege--resonate through to the last page." --Entertainment Weekly
"Impeccably written. . . . I love the depth of character here for Nora and Jeremy. The narrative is good from many points of view but theirs is the heart of this story and what a beautiful beating heart it is." --Roxane Gay "This deftly constructed account of a crime and its consequences shows up, in its quiet way, the pressures under which ordinary Americans of Muslim background have labored since the events of 9/11." --J. M. Coetzee, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature "A writer of uncommon conviction and tremendous insight." --Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer
"A combo love story, mystery and literary exploration of immigration in America." --Nicholas Kristof "Confirms Lalami's reputation as one of the country's most sensitive interrogators, probing at the fault lines in family, and the wider world." --Financial Times
"Splendid. . . . The Other Americans is the kind of book you read breathlessly, savoring each character's turn in the spotlight." --The Seattle Times
"Deft, direct, and absorbing. . . . [An] elegant, scalloping mystery. . . . Haunting." --Newsday
"Laila Lalami's beautiful prose, which unfolds in alternating perspectives, explores immigration, race, religion, and class in a very timely way." --HelloGiggles