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The Other Americans

  Late one spring night in California, Driss Guerraoui --- father, husband, business owner, Moroccan immigrant --- is hit and killed by a speeding car. The aftermath of his death brings together a diverse cast of characters: Guerraoui's daughter, Nora, a jazz composer returning to the small town in the Mojave she thought she'd left for good; her mother, Maryam, who still pines for 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 Iraqi 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, each in their own voice, connections among them emerge. Driss’ family confronts its secrets, a town faces its hypocrisies, and love --- messy and unpredictable --- is born. Timely, riveting and unforgettable, THE OTHER AMERICANS is at once a family saga, a murder mystery and a love story informed by the treacherous fault lines of American culture.

Audiobook available; read by Mozhan Marno, P.J. Ochlan, Adenrele Ojo and a full cast

The Other Americans
by Laila Lalami

  • Publication Date: March 17, 2020
  • Genres: Fiction, Mystery
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN-10: 0525436030
  • ISBN-13: 9780525436034