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The Other Americans (Hardcover)

| Pantheon Books | 3/26/2019

ISBN-10 : 1524747149   ISBN-13 : 9781524747145   List Price : $20.00

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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.

The suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant impacts the lives of a diverse cast of characters including his jazz-composer daughter, an undocumented witness and an Iraqi War veteran. By the award-winning author of The Moor's Account.

"From the Pulitzer Prize finalist, author of The Moor's Account--a timely and powerful new novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant that is at once a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story, all of it informed by the treacherous fault lines of American culture. Nora Guerraoui, a jazz composer, returns home to a small town in the Mojave after hearing that her father, owner of a popular restaurant there, has been killed in a suspicious hit-and-run car accident. Told by multiple narrators--Nora herself, Jeremy (the Iraq war veteran with whom she develops an intimacy), widow Maryam, Efrain (an immigrant witness to the accident who refuses to get involved for fear of deportation), Coleman (the police investigator), and Driss (the dead man himself), The Other Americans deftly explores one family's secrets and hypocrisies even as it offers a portrait of Americans riven by race, class, and religion, living side by side, yet ignorant of the vicissitudes that each tribe, as it were, faces" --

The suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant impacts the lives of a diverse cast of characters, including his jazz-composer daughter, an undocumented witness, and an Iraqi War veteran.

Product Details

  • ISBN-10: 1524747149
  • ISBN-13: 9781524747145
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 320
  • Dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.87 (d)