Join us at Kepler's Literary Foundation for a book discussion with author Laila Lalami! From the celebrated Pulitzer Prize finalist who swept multiple book awards with The Moor’s Account comes this lyric, fascinating new novel The Other Americans. Through nine separate narrators whose accounts effortlessly interweave, Lalami unravels both the mystery of an immigrant’s sudden death and the quiet schisms that underlie American culture.
The novel opens with Nora, a jazz composer, who sips champagne with a friend on the same night that her father dies in an apparent hit-and-run near his home in California. Maryam, Nora’s mother, narrates a following chapter; a distant neighbor, another; an undocumented witness, a friend and immigrant, and a detective all speak to the events leading up to and following Driss Guerroui’s death. These dueling narrative lines call out to secrets both within Nora’s family and throughout the town.
The Other Americans has already garnered extraordinary praise from Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, and talented writers of fiction like J.M. Coetzee and Viet Thanh Nguyen, who gets it exactly right when he calls Laila Lalami “a writer of uncommon conviction and tremendous insight.” Don’t miss the opportunity to meet this rising star in the literary pantheon at the height of her skill.
In conversation with Jasmin Darznik, New York Times bestselling author of Song of the Captive Bird.
RSVP now for Lalami’s visit on April 4th.