A Place for Us and Sophie Kinsella

June 25, 2018 - Co-host Abbe interviews Fatima Farheen Mirza, author of A Place for Us, about her debut novel and Emma quizzes Abbe on all things Sophie Kinsella.

In the fourth episode of the Read it Forward podcast, co-hosts and Read it Forward editors Abbe and Emma invite Read it Forward colleague and friend of the pod, Margaret Dunham, into the studio to tell listeners about a phenomenal book of short stories she thinks everyone should read. She warns us that these stories are a blend of science fiction, fantasy and horror and can get a little dark, but are ultimately incredibly satisfying.

Then, Abbe sits down with Fatima Farheen Mirza, author of A Place for Us, about her debut novel, which revolves around an Indian-American family living in California. Parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the choices their children have made. There is Hadia: their headstrong, eldest daughter, whose marriage is a match of love and not tradition. Huda, the middle child, determined to follow in her sister’s footsteps. And lastly, their estranged son, Amar, who returns to the family fold for the first time in three years to take his place as brother of the bride. Fatima Farheen Mirza examines the secrets and betrayals that have caused this close-knit family to fracture in this first book in Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint, SJP for Hogarth.

I knew that I wanted it to be a novel that explores the different kinds of love in one's life.
—Fatima Farheen Mirza

The Read it Forward podcast’s resident Book Doctor, Stella Spiegel, swings by to match great books with any mood, giving us reads for if you’re feeling scientific, alone or confident.

Lastly, Emma quizzes Abbe on all things Sophie Kinsella, asking her which books are actually in the British’s author’s bibliography, and which are completely made up.

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