The Other Americans

The Other Americans

From the Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of The Moor?s Account, here is a timely and powerful new 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, as Driss Guerraoui is walking across a darkened intersection in California, From the Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of The Moor?s Account, here is a timely and powerful new novel abou...

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  • Vegantrav
    Apr 10, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

    My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There?s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the p...

    3.5 stars: ?The Other Americans? Is an interesting read in that it?s billed a bit like a hit and run mystery that has an immigrant story as background. Or is the hit and run mystery the background of an immigrant?s story? This is a character-driven story that provides backgroun...

    When I started reading this book, I confess that it did not draw me very much and I was thinking that I would quickly finish it, put a middle rating to it and I would forget it very quickly. The story begins with a fatal car accident involving individuals from various minorities in the...

    Solid, straightforward, predictable "The present could never be untethered from the past, you couldn't understand one without the other." As is the case with the quotation above, this book tells us things that are true but that are hardly original or novel in any way. Part love s...

    ????? 2.5 stars (rounded down) I'm really disappointed by this book. It tells a predictable and unevenly paced story which focuses on flat stereotypes whose different point of views merge into one indistinguishable passive voice. Not a bad novel but...far from good. If ...

    Laila Lalami sets herself a formidable challenge inThe Other Americans, which focuses on the hit-and-run killing of an elderly Moroccan man in California.The book is narrated by no fewer than nine first-person point-of-view characters (with one random jump into second person), whos...

    I freely admit that I came to this book with expectations. Laila Lalami's last novel was a Pulitzer Finalist and I'd had it on my to-read list for a while so when I got my hands on an advance proof copy of her forthcoming book, I was excited to see what kind of writer she is. This ...

    Don?t approach ?The Other Americans?, by Laila Lalami, as a mystery to solve ?who done it?. The hit and run death at the beginning is merely the catalyst for an immediately arresting story about a group of interconnected characters ? ordinary Americans ? who have a variet...

    Pros-I enjoyed the various voices and perspectives in which the author tells the story. It was a nice change of pace. Cons-In these tumultuous times life can be painful, and messy and unfortunately ugly at times. This is a reality for everyone at one point or another. The main issu...

    I really liked Lalami's writing and her characters. While the novel did leave a few strands unconnected and a few characters unrealized, it was still thoroughly satisfying. ...

    At the center of this novel is a hit-and-run incident that takes a man's life: was it just an accident, was it reckless driving, or was it perhaps murder? But The Other Americans is so much more than this mystery. It is a character study of all the people connected to the hit-and-ru...

  • Mehrsa
    Apr 06, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

    My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There?s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the p...

    3.5 stars: ?The Other Americans? Is an interesting read in that it?s billed a bit like a hit and run mystery that has an immigrant story as background. Or is the hit and run mystery the background of an immigrant?s story? This is a character-driven story that provides backgroun...

    When I started reading this book, I confess that it did not draw me very much and I was thinking that I would quickly finish it, put a middle rating to it and I would forget it very quickly. The story begins with a fatal car accident involving individuals from various minorities in the...

    Solid, straightforward, predictable "The present could never be untethered from the past, you couldn't understand one without the other." As is the case with the quotation above, this book tells us things that are true but that are hardly original or novel in any way. Part love s...

    ????? 2.5 stars (rounded down) I'm really disappointed by this book. It tells a predictable and unevenly paced story which focuses on flat stereotypes whose different point of views merge into one indistinguishable passive voice. Not a bad novel but...far from good. If ...

    Laila Lalami sets herself a formidable challenge inThe Other Americans, which focuses on the hit-and-run killing of an elderly Moroccan man in California.The book is narrated by no fewer than nine first-person point-of-view characters (with one random jump into second person), whos...

    I freely admit that I came to this book with expectations. Laila Lalami's last novel was a Pulitzer Finalist and I'd had it on my to-read list for a while so when I got my hands on an advance proof copy of her forthcoming book, I was excited to see what kind of writer she is. This ...

    Don?t approach ?The Other Americans?, by Laila Lalami, as a mystery to solve ?who done it?. The hit and run death at the beginning is merely the catalyst for an immediately arresting story about a group of interconnected characters ? ordinary Americans ? who have a variet...

    Pros-I enjoyed the various voices and perspectives in which the author tells the story. It was a nice change of pace. Cons-In these tumultuous times life can be painful, and messy and unfortunately ugly at times. This is a reality for everyone at one point or another. The main issu...

    I really liked Lalami's writing and her characters. While the novel did leave a few strands unconnected and a few characters unrealized, it was still thoroughly satisfying. ...

  • Roxane
    Jan 01, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

  • Heather
    Apr 19, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

    My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There?s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the p...

    3.5 stars: ?The Other Americans? Is an interesting read in that it?s billed a bit like a hit and run mystery that has an immigrant story as background. Or is the hit and run mystery the background of an immigrant?s story? This is a character-driven story that provides backgroun...

    When I started reading this book, I confess that it did not draw me very much and I was thinking that I would quickly finish it, put a middle rating to it and I would forget it very quickly. The story begins with a fatal car accident involving individuals from various minorities in the...

    Solid, straightforward, predictable "The present could never be untethered from the past, you couldn't understand one without the other." As is the case with the quotation above, this book tells us things that are true but that are hardly original or novel in any way. Part love s...

    ????? 2.5 stars (rounded down) I'm really disappointed by this book. It tells a predictable and unevenly paced story which focuses on flat stereotypes whose different point of views merge into one indistinguishable passive voice. Not a bad novel but...far from good. If ...

    Laila Lalami sets herself a formidable challenge inThe Other Americans, which focuses on the hit-and-run killing of an elderly Moroccan man in California.The book is narrated by no fewer than nine first-person point-of-view characters (with one random jump into second person), whos...

    I freely admit that I came to this book with expectations. Laila Lalami's last novel was a Pulitzer Finalist and I'd had it on my to-read list for a while so when I got my hands on an advance proof copy of her forthcoming book, I was excited to see what kind of writer she is. This ...

    Don?t approach ?The Other Americans?, by Laila Lalami, as a mystery to solve ?who done it?. The hit and run death at the beginning is merely the catalyst for an immediately arresting story about a group of interconnected characters ? ordinary Americans ? who have a variet...

    Pros-I enjoyed the various voices and perspectives in which the author tells the story. It was a nice change of pace. Cons-In these tumultuous times life can be painful, and messy and unfortunately ugly at times. This is a reality for everyone at one point or another. The main issu...

    I really liked Lalami's writing and her characters. While the novel did leave a few strands unconnected and a few characters unrealized, it was still thoroughly satisfying. ...

    At the center of this novel is a hit-and-run incident that takes a man's life: was it just an accident, was it reckless driving, or was it perhaps murder? But The Other Americans is so much more than this mystery. It is a character study of all the people connected to the hit-and-ru...

    I became familiar with Laila Lalami through her writings for The Nation, and I have always thought very highly of her as a writer. I read The Moor's Account and was most impressed by her as a novelist as well. And she knocks it out of the park again in this tale depicting the immigrant...

    Lalami does a great job assuming the voice of multiple characters, and telling a story through multiple points of view...maybe too great of a job, in fact, because she juggles so many characters and stories that many are just left dangling with no resolution. I think if she had cut a c...

  • Jill
    Mar 13, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

  • switterbug (Betsey)
    Mar 06, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

    My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There?s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the p...

  • Mary McBride
    Mar 29, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

    My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There?s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the p...

    3.5 stars: ?The Other Americans? Is an interesting read in that it?s billed a bit like a hit and run mystery that has an immigrant story as background. Or is the hit and run mystery the background of an immigrant?s story? This is a character-driven story that provides backgroun...

    When I started reading this book, I confess that it did not draw me very much and I was thinking that I would quickly finish it, put a middle rating to it and I would forget it very quickly. The story begins with a fatal car accident involving individuals from various minorities in the...

    Solid, straightforward, predictable "The present could never be untethered from the past, you couldn't understand one without the other." As is the case with the quotation above, this book tells us things that are true but that are hardly original or novel in any way. Part love s...

    ????? 2.5 stars (rounded down) I'm really disappointed by this book. It tells a predictable and unevenly paced story which focuses on flat stereotypes whose different point of views merge into one indistinguishable passive voice. Not a bad novel but...far from good. If ...

    Laila Lalami sets herself a formidable challenge inThe Other Americans, which focuses on the hit-and-run killing of an elderly Moroccan man in California.The book is narrated by no fewer than nine first-person point-of-view characters (with one random jump into second person), whos...

    I freely admit that I came to this book with expectations. Laila Lalami's last novel was a Pulitzer Finalist and I'd had it on my to-read list for a while so when I got my hands on an advance proof copy of her forthcoming book, I was excited to see what kind of writer she is. This ...

    Don?t approach ?The Other Americans?, by Laila Lalami, as a mystery to solve ?who done it?. The hit and run death at the beginning is merely the catalyst for an immediately arresting story about a group of interconnected characters ? ordinary Americans ? who have a variet...

    Pros-I enjoyed the various voices and perspectives in which the author tells the story. It was a nice change of pace. Cons-In these tumultuous times life can be painful, and messy and unfortunately ugly at times. This is a reality for everyone at one point or another. The main issu...

    I really liked Lalami's writing and her characters. While the novel did leave a few strands unconnected and a few characters unrealized, it was still thoroughly satisfying. ...

    At the center of this novel is a hit-and-run incident that takes a man's life: was it just an accident, was it reckless driving, or was it perhaps murder? But The Other Americans is so much more than this mystery. It is a character study of all the people connected to the hit-and-ru...

    I became familiar with Laila Lalami through her writings for The Nation, and I have always thought very highly of her as a writer. I read The Moor's Account and was most impressed by her as a novelist as well. And she knocks it out of the park again in this tale depicting the immigrant...

    Lalami does a great job assuming the voice of multiple characters, and telling a story through multiple points of view...maybe too great of a job, in fact, because she juggles so many characters and stories that many are just left dangling with no resolution. I think if she had cut a c...

    very timely novel by a very accomplished morrocan-american writer... a very good premise - a hit-and-run accident in a small californian town, in which a morrocan immigrant dies - and a cast of characters, including his daughter nora, his widow, himself, a detective etc. tell the story...

    3.75. Somewhat of a page turner, very good story and themes. But every few pages I thought of something else to do. I think for me I felt so much for each character and their points of view but found each of their stories boring at times. Maybe this doesn?t make sense but it?s how ...

    Loved it! ...

  • Wendy Cosin
    Feb 13, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

    My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There?s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the p...

    3.5 stars: ?The Other Americans? Is an interesting read in that it?s billed a bit like a hit and run mystery that has an immigrant story as background. Or is the hit and run mystery the background of an immigrant?s story? This is a character-driven story that provides backgroun...

    When I started reading this book, I confess that it did not draw me very much and I was thinking that I would quickly finish it, put a middle rating to it and I would forget it very quickly. The story begins with a fatal car accident involving individuals from various minorities in the...

    Solid, straightforward, predictable "The present could never be untethered from the past, you couldn't understand one without the other." As is the case with the quotation above, this book tells us things that are true but that are hardly original or novel in any way. Part love s...

    ????? 2.5 stars (rounded down) I'm really disappointed by this book. It tells a predictable and unevenly paced story which focuses on flat stereotypes whose different point of views merge into one indistinguishable passive voice. Not a bad novel but...far from good. If ...

    Laila Lalami sets herself a formidable challenge inThe Other Americans, which focuses on the hit-and-run killing of an elderly Moroccan man in California.The book is narrated by no fewer than nine first-person point-of-view characters (with one random jump into second person), whos...

    I freely admit that I came to this book with expectations. Laila Lalami's last novel was a Pulitzer Finalist and I'd had it on my to-read list for a while so when I got my hands on an advance proof copy of her forthcoming book, I was excited to see what kind of writer she is. This ...

    Don?t approach ?The Other Americans?, by Laila Lalami, as a mystery to solve ?who done it?. The hit and run death at the beginning is merely the catalyst for an immediately arresting story about a group of interconnected characters ? ordinary Americans ? who have a variet...

    Pros-I enjoyed the various voices and perspectives in which the author tells the story. It was a nice change of pace. Cons-In these tumultuous times life can be painful, and messy and unfortunately ugly at times. This is a reality for everyone at one point or another. The main issu...

    I really liked Lalami's writing and her characters. While the novel did leave a few strands unconnected and a few characters unrealized, it was still thoroughly satisfying. ...

    At the center of this novel is a hit-and-run incident that takes a man's life: was it just an accident, was it reckless driving, or was it perhaps murder? But The Other Americans is so much more than this mystery. It is a character study of all the people connected to the hit-and-ru...

    I became familiar with Laila Lalami through her writings for The Nation, and I have always thought very highly of her as a writer. I read The Moor's Account and was most impressed by her as a novelist as well. And she knocks it out of the park again in this tale depicting the immigrant...

    Lalami does a great job assuming the voice of multiple characters, and telling a story through multiple points of view...maybe too great of a job, in fact, because she juggles so many characters and stories that many are just left dangling with no resolution. I think if she had cut a c...

    very timely novel by a very accomplished morrocan-american writer... a very good premise - a hit-and-run accident in a small californian town, in which a morrocan immigrant dies - and a cast of characters, including his daughter nora, his widow, himself, a detective etc. tell the story...

    3.75. Somewhat of a page turner, very good story and themes. But every few pages I thought of something else to do. I think for me I felt so much for each character and their points of view but found each of their stories boring at times. Maybe this doesn?t make sense but it?s how ...

    Loved it! ...

    4.5 Stars This book. It?s one of those that will stay with you. It?s intense but relatable and you just want more, yet the ending worked beautifully. Told from multiple points of views about the aftermath of a hit and run of an immigrant from Morocco. The points of view range fr...

    A tale about belonging and not belonging; wanting to leave but wanting to stay; looking from the inside out and then from the outside in. It is about prejudice and isolation in a community and within a family unit and even inside a marriage. With no fewer than 9 first person accounts,...

    Following the hit and run death of an elderly Moroccan man in a small town in the Mojave Desert, various people narrate The Other Americans chronologically and in the first person. The chapters are quite short so the perspective moves around a lot, but it is not hard to follow. The ...

  • Sarah
    Feb 22, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

  • Audrey
    Mar 02, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

    My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There?s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the p...

    3.5 stars: ?The Other Americans? Is an interesting read in that it?s billed a bit like a hit and run mystery that has an immigrant story as background. Or is the hit and run mystery the background of an immigrant?s story? This is a character-driven story that provides backgroun...

    When I started reading this book, I confess that it did not draw me very much and I was thinking that I would quickly finish it, put a middle rating to it and I would forget it very quickly. The story begins with a fatal car accident involving individuals from various minorities in the...

    Solid, straightforward, predictable "The present could never be untethered from the past, you couldn't understand one without the other." As is the case with the quotation above, this book tells us things that are true but that are hardly original or novel in any way. Part love s...

    ????? 2.5 stars (rounded down) I'm really disappointed by this book. It tells a predictable and unevenly paced story which focuses on flat stereotypes whose different point of views merge into one indistinguishable passive voice. Not a bad novel but...far from good. If ...

    Laila Lalami sets herself a formidable challenge inThe Other Americans, which focuses on the hit-and-run killing of an elderly Moroccan man in California.The book is narrated by no fewer than nine first-person point-of-view characters (with one random jump into second person), whos...

    I freely admit that I came to this book with expectations. Laila Lalami's last novel was a Pulitzer Finalist and I'd had it on my to-read list for a while so when I got my hands on an advance proof copy of her forthcoming book, I was excited to see what kind of writer she is. This ...

    Don?t approach ?The Other Americans?, by Laila Lalami, as a mystery to solve ?who done it?. The hit and run death at the beginning is merely the catalyst for an immediately arresting story about a group of interconnected characters ? ordinary Americans ? who have a variet...

    Pros-I enjoyed the various voices and perspectives in which the author tells the story. It was a nice change of pace. Cons-In these tumultuous times life can be painful, and messy and unfortunately ugly at times. This is a reality for everyone at one point or another. The main issu...

    I really liked Lalami's writing and her characters. While the novel did leave a few strands unconnected and a few characters unrealized, it was still thoroughly satisfying. ...

    At the center of this novel is a hit-and-run incident that takes a man's life: was it just an accident, was it reckless driving, or was it perhaps murder? But The Other Americans is so much more than this mystery. It is a character study of all the people connected to the hit-and-ru...

    I became familiar with Laila Lalami through her writings for The Nation, and I have always thought very highly of her as a writer. I read The Moor's Account and was most impressed by her as a novelist as well. And she knocks it out of the park again in this tale depicting the immigrant...

    Lalami does a great job assuming the voice of multiple characters, and telling a story through multiple points of view...maybe too great of a job, in fact, because she juggles so many characters and stories that many are just left dangling with no resolution. I think if she had cut a c...

    very timely novel by a very accomplished morrocan-american writer... a very good premise - a hit-and-run accident in a small californian town, in which a morrocan immigrant dies - and a cast of characters, including his daughter nora, his widow, himself, a detective etc. tell the story...

    3.75. Somewhat of a page turner, very good story and themes. But every few pages I thought of something else to do. I think for me I felt so much for each character and their points of view but found each of their stories boring at times. Maybe this doesn?t make sense but it?s how ...

    Loved it! ...

    4.5 Stars This book. It?s one of those that will stay with you. It?s intense but relatable and you just want more, yet the ending worked beautifully. Told from multiple points of views about the aftermath of a hit and run of an immigrant from Morocco. The points of view range fr...

  • Paul
    Apr 09, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

    My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There?s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the p...

    3.5 stars: ?The Other Americans? Is an interesting read in that it?s billed a bit like a hit and run mystery that has an immigrant story as background. Or is the hit and run mystery the background of an immigrant?s story? This is a character-driven story that provides backgroun...

    When I started reading this book, I confess that it did not draw me very much and I was thinking that I would quickly finish it, put a middle rating to it and I would forget it very quickly. The story begins with a fatal car accident involving individuals from various minorities in the...

    Solid, straightforward, predictable "The present could never be untethered from the past, you couldn't understand one without the other." As is the case with the quotation above, this book tells us things that are true but that are hardly original or novel in any way. Part love s...

    ????? 2.5 stars (rounded down) I'm really disappointed by this book. It tells a predictable and unevenly paced story which focuses on flat stereotypes whose different point of views merge into one indistinguishable passive voice. Not a bad novel but...far from good. If ...

    Laila Lalami sets herself a formidable challenge inThe Other Americans, which focuses on the hit-and-run killing of an elderly Moroccan man in California.The book is narrated by no fewer than nine first-person point-of-view characters (with one random jump into second person), whos...

    I freely admit that I came to this book with expectations. Laila Lalami's last novel was a Pulitzer Finalist and I'd had it on my to-read list for a while so when I got my hands on an advance proof copy of her forthcoming book, I was excited to see what kind of writer she is. This ...

    Don?t approach ?The Other Americans?, by Laila Lalami, as a mystery to solve ?who done it?. The hit and run death at the beginning is merely the catalyst for an immediately arresting story about a group of interconnected characters ? ordinary Americans ? who have a variet...

    Pros-I enjoyed the various voices and perspectives in which the author tells the story. It was a nice change of pace. Cons-In these tumultuous times life can be painful, and messy and unfortunately ugly at times. This is a reality for everyone at one point or another. The main issu...

    I really liked Lalami's writing and her characters. While the novel did leave a few strands unconnected and a few characters unrealized, it was still thoroughly satisfying. ...

    At the center of this novel is a hit-and-run incident that takes a man's life: was it just an accident, was it reckless driving, or was it perhaps murder? But The Other Americans is so much more than this mystery. It is a character study of all the people connected to the hit-and-ru...

    I became familiar with Laila Lalami through her writings for The Nation, and I have always thought very highly of her as a writer. I read The Moor's Account and was most impressed by her as a novelist as well. And she knocks it out of the park again in this tale depicting the immigrant...

    Lalami does a great job assuming the voice of multiple characters, and telling a story through multiple points of view...maybe too great of a job, in fact, because she juggles so many characters and stories that many are just left dangling with no resolution. I think if she had cut a c...

    very timely novel by a very accomplished morrocan-american writer... a very good premise - a hit-and-run accident in a small californian town, in which a morrocan immigrant dies - and a cast of characters, including his daughter nora, his widow, himself, a detective etc. tell the story...

    3.75. Somewhat of a page turner, very good story and themes. But every few pages I thought of something else to do. I think for me I felt so much for each character and their points of view but found each of their stories boring at times. Maybe this doesn?t make sense but it?s how ...

    Loved it! ...

    4.5 Stars This book. It?s one of those that will stay with you. It?s intense but relatable and you just want more, yet the ending worked beautifully. Told from multiple points of views about the aftermath of a hit and run of an immigrant from Morocco. The points of view range fr...

    A tale about belonging and not belonging; wanting to leave but wanting to stay; looking from the inside out and then from the outside in. It is about prejudice and isolation in a community and within a family unit and even inside a marriage. With no fewer than 9 first person accounts,...

    Following the hit and run death of an elderly Moroccan man in a small town in the Mojave Desert, various people narrate The Other Americans chronologically and in the first person. The chapters are quite short so the perspective moves around a lot, but it is not hard to follow. The ...

    Okay, we can make it official . . . Laila Lalami is the most interesting author of English-language fiction in the world today. See, the last thing I anticipated when I downloaded "The Other Americans" was a good mystery. I loved "The Moor's Account," her breakthrough novel, which w...

  • Anna Luce
    Mar 28, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

    My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There?s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the p...

    3.5 stars: ?The Other Americans? Is an interesting read in that it?s billed a bit like a hit and run mystery that has an immigrant story as background. Or is the hit and run mystery the background of an immigrant?s story? This is a character-driven story that provides backgroun...

    When I started reading this book, I confess that it did not draw me very much and I was thinking that I would quickly finish it, put a middle rating to it and I would forget it very quickly. The story begins with a fatal car accident involving individuals from various minorities in the...

    Solid, straightforward, predictable "The present could never be untethered from the past, you couldn't understand one without the other." As is the case with the quotation above, this book tells us things that are true but that are hardly original or novel in any way. Part love s...

    ????? 2.5 stars (rounded down) I'm really disappointed by this book. It tells a predictable and unevenly paced story which focuses on flat stereotypes whose different point of views merge into one indistinguishable passive voice. Not a bad novel but...far from good. If ...

  • Robert Blumenthal
    Apr 23, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

    My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There?s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the p...

    3.5 stars: ?The Other Americans? Is an interesting read in that it?s billed a bit like a hit and run mystery that has an immigrant story as background. Or is the hit and run mystery the background of an immigrant?s story? This is a character-driven story that provides backgroun...

    When I started reading this book, I confess that it did not draw me very much and I was thinking that I would quickly finish it, put a middle rating to it and I would forget it very quickly. The story begins with a fatal car accident involving individuals from various minorities in the...

    Solid, straightforward, predictable "The present could never be untethered from the past, you couldn't understand one without the other." As is the case with the quotation above, this book tells us things that are true but that are hardly original or novel in any way. Part love s...

    ????? 2.5 stars (rounded down) I'm really disappointed by this book. It tells a predictable and unevenly paced story which focuses on flat stereotypes whose different point of views merge into one indistinguishable passive voice. Not a bad novel but...far from good. If ...

    Laila Lalami sets herself a formidable challenge inThe Other Americans, which focuses on the hit-and-run killing of an elderly Moroccan man in California.The book is narrated by no fewer than nine first-person point-of-view characters (with one random jump into second person), whos...

    I freely admit that I came to this book with expectations. Laila Lalami's last novel was a Pulitzer Finalist and I'd had it on my to-read list for a while so when I got my hands on an advance proof copy of her forthcoming book, I was excited to see what kind of writer she is. This ...

    Don?t approach ?The Other Americans?, by Laila Lalami, as a mystery to solve ?who done it?. The hit and run death at the beginning is merely the catalyst for an immediately arresting story about a group of interconnected characters ? ordinary Americans ? who have a variet...

    Pros-I enjoyed the various voices and perspectives in which the author tells the story. It was a nice change of pace. Cons-In these tumultuous times life can be painful, and messy and unfortunately ugly at times. This is a reality for everyone at one point or another. The main issu...

    I really liked Lalami's writing and her characters. While the novel did leave a few strands unconnected and a few characters unrealized, it was still thoroughly satisfying. ...

    At the center of this novel is a hit-and-run incident that takes a man's life: was it just an accident, was it reckless driving, or was it perhaps murder? But The Other Americans is so much more than this mystery. It is a character study of all the people connected to the hit-and-ru...

    I became familiar with Laila Lalami through her writings for The Nation, and I have always thought very highly of her as a writer. I read The Moor's Account and was most impressed by her as a novelist as well. And she knocks it out of the park again in this tale depicting the immigrant...

  • Meghan
    Mar 28, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

    My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There?s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the p...

    3.5 stars: ?The Other Americans? Is an interesting read in that it?s billed a bit like a hit and run mystery that has an immigrant story as background. Or is the hit and run mystery the background of an immigrant?s story? This is a character-driven story that provides backgroun...

    When I started reading this book, I confess that it did not draw me very much and I was thinking that I would quickly finish it, put a middle rating to it and I would forget it very quickly. The story begins with a fatal car accident involving individuals from various minorities in the...

    Solid, straightforward, predictable "The present could never be untethered from the past, you couldn't understand one without the other." As is the case with the quotation above, this book tells us things that are true but that are hardly original or novel in any way. Part love s...

    ????? 2.5 stars (rounded down) I'm really disappointed by this book. It tells a predictable and unevenly paced story which focuses on flat stereotypes whose different point of views merge into one indistinguishable passive voice. Not a bad novel but...far from good. If ...

    Laila Lalami sets herself a formidable challenge inThe Other Americans, which focuses on the hit-and-run killing of an elderly Moroccan man in California.The book is narrated by no fewer than nine first-person point-of-view characters (with one random jump into second person), whos...

    I freely admit that I came to this book with expectations. Laila Lalami's last novel was a Pulitzer Finalist and I'd had it on my to-read list for a while so when I got my hands on an advance proof copy of her forthcoming book, I was excited to see what kind of writer she is. This ...

    Don?t approach ?The Other Americans?, by Laila Lalami, as a mystery to solve ?who done it?. The hit and run death at the beginning is merely the catalyst for an immediately arresting story about a group of interconnected characters ? ordinary Americans ? who have a variet...

    Pros-I enjoyed the various voices and perspectives in which the author tells the story. It was a nice change of pace. Cons-In these tumultuous times life can be painful, and messy and unfortunately ugly at times. This is a reality for everyone at one point or another. The main issu...

    I really liked Lalami's writing and her characters. While the novel did leave a few strands unconnected and a few characters unrealized, it was still thoroughly satisfying. ...

    At the center of this novel is a hit-and-run incident that takes a man's life: was it just an accident, was it reckless driving, or was it perhaps murder? But The Other Americans is so much more than this mystery. It is a character study of all the people connected to the hit-and-ru...

    I became familiar with Laila Lalami through her writings for The Nation, and I have always thought very highly of her as a writer. I read The Moor's Account and was most impressed by her as a novelist as well. And she knocks it out of the park again in this tale depicting the immigrant...

    Lalami does a great job assuming the voice of multiple characters, and telling a story through multiple points of view...maybe too great of a job, in fact, because she juggles so many characters and stories that many are just left dangling with no resolution. I think if she had cut a c...

    very timely novel by a very accomplished morrocan-american writer... a very good premise - a hit-and-run accident in a small californian town, in which a morrocan immigrant dies - and a cast of characters, including his daughter nora, his widow, himself, a detective etc. tell the story...

    3.75. Somewhat of a page turner, very good story and themes. But every few pages I thought of something else to do. I think for me I felt so much for each character and their points of view but found each of their stories boring at times. Maybe this doesn?t make sense but it?s how ...

    Loved it! ...

    4.5 Stars This book. It?s one of those that will stay with you. It?s intense but relatable and you just want more, yet the ending worked beautifully. Told from multiple points of views about the aftermath of a hit and run of an immigrant from Morocco. The points of view range fr...

    A tale about belonging and not belonging; wanting to leave but wanting to stay; looking from the inside out and then from the outside in. It is about prejudice and isolation in a community and within a family unit and even inside a marriage. With no fewer than 9 first person accounts,...

    Following the hit and run death of an elderly Moroccan man in a small town in the Mojave Desert, various people narrate The Other Americans chronologically and in the first person. The chapters are quite short so the perspective moves around a lot, but it is not hard to follow. The ...

    Okay, we can make it official . . . Laila Lalami is the most interesting author of English-language fiction in the world today. See, the last thing I anticipated when I downloaded "The Other Americans" was a good mystery. I loved "The Moor's Account," her breakthrough novel, which w...

    Incredible. Beautifully written, I felt as if the characters were telling only me their story and I was feeling each word. I loved the way so many characters shared their sides. Really really beautiful book. ...

  • Barbara
    Apr 09, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

    My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There?s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the p...

    3.5 stars: ?The Other Americans? Is an interesting read in that it?s billed a bit like a hit and run mystery that has an immigrant story as background. Or is the hit and run mystery the background of an immigrant?s story? This is a character-driven story that provides backgroun...

  • Pia
    Dec 17, 2018

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

    My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There?s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the p...

    3.5 stars: ?The Other Americans? Is an interesting read in that it?s billed a bit like a hit and run mystery that has an immigrant story as background. Or is the hit and run mystery the background of an immigrant?s story? This is a character-driven story that provides backgroun...

    When I started reading this book, I confess that it did not draw me very much and I was thinking that I would quickly finish it, put a middle rating to it and I would forget it very quickly. The story begins with a fatal car accident involving individuals from various minorities in the...

    Solid, straightforward, predictable "The present could never be untethered from the past, you couldn't understand one without the other." As is the case with the quotation above, this book tells us things that are true but that are hardly original or novel in any way. Part love s...

    ????? 2.5 stars (rounded down) I'm really disappointed by this book. It tells a predictable and unevenly paced story which focuses on flat stereotypes whose different point of views merge into one indistinguishable passive voice. Not a bad novel but...far from good. If ...

    Laila Lalami sets herself a formidable challenge inThe Other Americans, which focuses on the hit-and-run killing of an elderly Moroccan man in California.The book is narrated by no fewer than nine first-person point-of-view characters (with one random jump into second person), whos...

    I freely admit that I came to this book with expectations. Laila Lalami's last novel was a Pulitzer Finalist and I'd had it on my to-read list for a while so when I got my hands on an advance proof copy of her forthcoming book, I was excited to see what kind of writer she is. This ...

  • Mary Lins
    Apr 05, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

    My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There?s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the p...

    3.5 stars: ?The Other Americans? Is an interesting read in that it?s billed a bit like a hit and run mystery that has an immigrant story as background. Or is the hit and run mystery the background of an immigrant?s story? This is a character-driven story that provides backgroun...

    When I started reading this book, I confess that it did not draw me very much and I was thinking that I would quickly finish it, put a middle rating to it and I would forget it very quickly. The story begins with a fatal car accident involving individuals from various minorities in the...

    Solid, straightforward, predictable "The present could never be untethered from the past, you couldn't understand one without the other." As is the case with the quotation above, this book tells us things that are true but that are hardly original or novel in any way. Part love s...

    ????? 2.5 stars (rounded down) I'm really disappointed by this book. It tells a predictable and unevenly paced story which focuses on flat stereotypes whose different point of views merge into one indistinguishable passive voice. Not a bad novel but...far from good. If ...

    Laila Lalami sets herself a formidable challenge inThe Other Americans, which focuses on the hit-and-run killing of an elderly Moroccan man in California.The book is narrated by no fewer than nine first-person point-of-view characters (with one random jump into second person), whos...

    I freely admit that I came to this book with expectations. Laila Lalami's last novel was a Pulitzer Finalist and I'd had it on my to-read list for a while so when I got my hands on an advance proof copy of her forthcoming book, I was excited to see what kind of writer she is. This ...

    Don?t approach ?The Other Americans?, by Laila Lalami, as a mystery to solve ?who done it?. The hit and run death at the beginning is merely the catalyst for an immediately arresting story about a group of interconnected characters ? ordinary Americans ? who have a variet...

  • Beth
    Mar 30, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

    My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There?s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the p...

    3.5 stars: ?The Other Americans? Is an interesting read in that it?s billed a bit like a hit and run mystery that has an immigrant story as background. Or is the hit and run mystery the background of an immigrant?s story? This is a character-driven story that provides backgroun...

    When I started reading this book, I confess that it did not draw me very much and I was thinking that I would quickly finish it, put a middle rating to it and I would forget it very quickly. The story begins with a fatal car accident involving individuals from various minorities in the...

    Solid, straightforward, predictable "The present could never be untethered from the past, you couldn't understand one without the other." As is the case with the quotation above, this book tells us things that are true but that are hardly original or novel in any way. Part love s...

    ????? 2.5 stars (rounded down) I'm really disappointed by this book. It tells a predictable and unevenly paced story which focuses on flat stereotypes whose different point of views merge into one indistinguishable passive voice. Not a bad novel but...far from good. If ...

    Laila Lalami sets herself a formidable challenge inThe Other Americans, which focuses on the hit-and-run killing of an elderly Moroccan man in California.The book is narrated by no fewer than nine first-person point-of-view characters (with one random jump into second person), whos...

    I freely admit that I came to this book with expectations. Laila Lalami's last novel was a Pulitzer Finalist and I'd had it on my to-read list for a while so when I got my hands on an advance proof copy of her forthcoming book, I was excited to see what kind of writer she is. This ...

    Don?t approach ?The Other Americans?, by Laila Lalami, as a mystery to solve ?who done it?. The hit and run death at the beginning is merely the catalyst for an immediately arresting story about a group of interconnected characters ? ordinary Americans ? who have a variet...

    Pros-I enjoyed the various voices and perspectives in which the author tells the story. It was a nice change of pace. Cons-In these tumultuous times life can be painful, and messy and unfortunately ugly at times. This is a reality for everyone at one point or another. The main issu...

    I really liked Lalami's writing and her characters. While the novel did leave a few strands unconnected and a few characters unrealized, it was still thoroughly satisfying. ...

    At the center of this novel is a hit-and-run incident that takes a man's life: was it just an accident, was it reckless driving, or was it perhaps murder? But The Other Americans is so much more than this mystery. It is a character study of all the people connected to the hit-and-ru...

    I became familiar with Laila Lalami through her writings for The Nation, and I have always thought very highly of her as a writer. I read The Moor's Account and was most impressed by her as a novelist as well. And she knocks it out of the park again in this tale depicting the immigrant...

    Lalami does a great job assuming the voice of multiple characters, and telling a story through multiple points of view...maybe too great of a job, in fact, because she juggles so many characters and stories that many are just left dangling with no resolution. I think if she had cut a c...

    very timely novel by a very accomplished morrocan-american writer... a very good premise - a hit-and-run accident in a small californian town, in which a morrocan immigrant dies - and a cast of characters, including his daughter nora, his widow, himself, a detective etc. tell the story...

    3.75. Somewhat of a page turner, very good story and themes. But every few pages I thought of something else to do. I think for me I felt so much for each character and their points of view but found each of their stories boring at times. Maybe this doesn?t make sense but it?s how ...

  • Sotiris Karaiskos
    Apr 16, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

    My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There?s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the p...

    3.5 stars: ?The Other Americans? Is an interesting read in that it?s billed a bit like a hit and run mystery that has an immigrant story as background. Or is the hit and run mystery the background of an immigrant?s story? This is a character-driven story that provides backgroun...

    When I started reading this book, I confess that it did not draw me very much and I was thinking that I would quickly finish it, put a middle rating to it and I would forget it very quickly. The story begins with a fatal car accident involving individuals from various minorities in the...

  • Charlotte
    Mar 02, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

    My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There?s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the p...

    3.5 stars: ?The Other Americans? Is an interesting read in that it?s billed a bit like a hit and run mystery that has an immigrant story as background. Or is the hit and run mystery the background of an immigrant?s story? This is a character-driven story that provides backgroun...

    When I started reading this book, I confess that it did not draw me very much and I was thinking that I would quickly finish it, put a middle rating to it and I would forget it very quickly. The story begins with a fatal car accident involving individuals from various minorities in the...

    Solid, straightforward, predictable "The present could never be untethered from the past, you couldn't understand one without the other." As is the case with the quotation above, this book tells us things that are true but that are hardly original or novel in any way. Part love s...

    ????? 2.5 stars (rounded down) I'm really disappointed by this book. It tells a predictable and unevenly paced story which focuses on flat stereotypes whose different point of views merge into one indistinguishable passive voice. Not a bad novel but...far from good. If ...

    Laila Lalami sets herself a formidable challenge inThe Other Americans, which focuses on the hit-and-run killing of an elderly Moroccan man in California.The book is narrated by no fewer than nine first-person point-of-view characters (with one random jump into second person), whos...

    I freely admit that I came to this book with expectations. Laila Lalami's last novel was a Pulitzer Finalist and I'd had it on my to-read list for a while so when I got my hands on an advance proof copy of her forthcoming book, I was excited to see what kind of writer she is. This ...

    Don?t approach ?The Other Americans?, by Laila Lalami, as a mystery to solve ?who done it?. The hit and run death at the beginning is merely the catalyst for an immediately arresting story about a group of interconnected characters ? ordinary Americans ? who have a variet...

    Pros-I enjoyed the various voices and perspectives in which the author tells the story. It was a nice change of pace. Cons-In these tumultuous times life can be painful, and messy and unfortunately ugly at times. This is a reality for everyone at one point or another. The main issu...

    I really liked Lalami's writing and her characters. While the novel did leave a few strands unconnected and a few characters unrealized, it was still thoroughly satisfying. ...

    At the center of this novel is a hit-and-run incident that takes a man's life: was it just an accident, was it reckless driving, or was it perhaps murder? But The Other Americans is so much more than this mystery. It is a character study of all the people connected to the hit-and-ru...

    I became familiar with Laila Lalami through her writings for The Nation, and I have always thought very highly of her as a writer. I read The Moor's Account and was most impressed by her as a novelist as well. And she knocks it out of the park again in this tale depicting the immigrant...

    Lalami does a great job assuming the voice of multiple characters, and telling a story through multiple points of view...maybe too great of a job, in fact, because she juggles so many characters and stories that many are just left dangling with no resolution. I think if she had cut a c...

    very timely novel by a very accomplished morrocan-american writer... a very good premise - a hit-and-run accident in a small californian town, in which a morrocan immigrant dies - and a cast of characters, including his daughter nora, his widow, himself, a detective etc. tell the story...

    3.75. Somewhat of a page turner, very good story and themes. But every few pages I thought of something else to do. I think for me I felt so much for each character and their points of view but found each of their stories boring at times. Maybe this doesn?t make sense but it?s how ...

    Loved it! ...

    4.5 Stars This book. It?s one of those that will stay with you. It?s intense but relatable and you just want more, yet the ending worked beautifully. Told from multiple points of views about the aftermath of a hit and run of an immigrant from Morocco. The points of view range fr...

    A tale about belonging and not belonging; wanting to leave but wanting to stay; looking from the inside out and then from the outside in. It is about prejudice and isolation in a community and within a family unit and even inside a marriage. With no fewer than 9 first person accounts,...

  • Michelle
    Mar 26, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

  • Laura
    Dec 11, 2018

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

    My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There?s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the p...

    3.5 stars: ?The Other Americans? Is an interesting read in that it?s billed a bit like a hit and run mystery that has an immigrant story as background. Or is the hit and run mystery the background of an immigrant?s story? This is a character-driven story that provides backgroun...

    When I started reading this book, I confess that it did not draw me very much and I was thinking that I would quickly finish it, put a middle rating to it and I would forget it very quickly. The story begins with a fatal car accident involving individuals from various minorities in the...

    Solid, straightforward, predictable "The present could never be untethered from the past, you couldn't understand one without the other." As is the case with the quotation above, this book tells us things that are true but that are hardly original or novel in any way. Part love s...

    ????? 2.5 stars (rounded down) I'm really disappointed by this book. It tells a predictable and unevenly paced story which focuses on flat stereotypes whose different point of views merge into one indistinguishable passive voice. Not a bad novel but...far from good. If ...

    Laila Lalami sets herself a formidable challenge inThe Other Americans, which focuses on the hit-and-run killing of an elderly Moroccan man in California.The book is narrated by no fewer than nine first-person point-of-view characters (with one random jump into second person), whos...

  • Aaron S
    Mar 29, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

    My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There?s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the p...

    3.5 stars: ?The Other Americans? Is an interesting read in that it?s billed a bit like a hit and run mystery that has an immigrant story as background. Or is the hit and run mystery the background of an immigrant?s story? This is a character-driven story that provides backgroun...

    When I started reading this book, I confess that it did not draw me very much and I was thinking that I would quickly finish it, put a middle rating to it and I would forget it very quickly. The story begins with a fatal car accident involving individuals from various minorities in the...

    Solid, straightforward, predictable "The present could never be untethered from the past, you couldn't understand one without the other." As is the case with the quotation above, this book tells us things that are true but that are hardly original or novel in any way. Part love s...

    ????? 2.5 stars (rounded down) I'm really disappointed by this book. It tells a predictable and unevenly paced story which focuses on flat stereotypes whose different point of views merge into one indistinguishable passive voice. Not a bad novel but...far from good. If ...

    Laila Lalami sets herself a formidable challenge inThe Other Americans, which focuses on the hit-and-run killing of an elderly Moroccan man in California.The book is narrated by no fewer than nine first-person point-of-view characters (with one random jump into second person), whos...

    I freely admit that I came to this book with expectations. Laila Lalami's last novel was a Pulitzer Finalist and I'd had it on my to-read list for a while so when I got my hands on an advance proof copy of her forthcoming book, I was excited to see what kind of writer she is. This ...

    Don?t approach ?The Other Americans?, by Laila Lalami, as a mystery to solve ?who done it?. The hit and run death at the beginning is merely the catalyst for an immediately arresting story about a group of interconnected characters ? ordinary Americans ? who have a variet...

    Pros-I enjoyed the various voices and perspectives in which the author tells the story. It was a nice change of pace. Cons-In these tumultuous times life can be painful, and messy and unfortunately ugly at times. This is a reality for everyone at one point or another. The main issu...

  • Tuti
    Mar 29, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

    My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There?s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the p...

    3.5 stars: ?The Other Americans? Is an interesting read in that it?s billed a bit like a hit and run mystery that has an immigrant story as background. Or is the hit and run mystery the background of an immigrant?s story? This is a character-driven story that provides backgroun...

    When I started reading this book, I confess that it did not draw me very much and I was thinking that I would quickly finish it, put a middle rating to it and I would forget it very quickly. The story begins with a fatal car accident involving individuals from various minorities in the...

    Solid, straightforward, predictable "The present could never be untethered from the past, you couldn't understand one without the other." As is the case with the quotation above, this book tells us things that are true but that are hardly original or novel in any way. Part love s...

    ????? 2.5 stars (rounded down) I'm really disappointed by this book. It tells a predictable and unevenly paced story which focuses on flat stereotypes whose different point of views merge into one indistinguishable passive voice. Not a bad novel but...far from good. If ...

    Laila Lalami sets herself a formidable challenge inThe Other Americans, which focuses on the hit-and-run killing of an elderly Moroccan man in California.The book is narrated by no fewer than nine first-person point-of-view characters (with one random jump into second person), whos...

    I freely admit that I came to this book with expectations. Laila Lalami's last novel was a Pulitzer Finalist and I'd had it on my to-read list for a while so when I got my hands on an advance proof copy of her forthcoming book, I was excited to see what kind of writer she is. This ...

    Don?t approach ?The Other Americans?, by Laila Lalami, as a mystery to solve ?who done it?. The hit and run death at the beginning is merely the catalyst for an immediately arresting story about a group of interconnected characters ? ordinary Americans ? who have a variet...

    Pros-I enjoyed the various voices and perspectives in which the author tells the story. It was a nice change of pace. Cons-In these tumultuous times life can be painful, and messy and unfortunately ugly at times. This is a reality for everyone at one point or another. The main issu...

    I really liked Lalami's writing and her characters. While the novel did leave a few strands unconnected and a few characters unrealized, it was still thoroughly satisfying. ...

    At the center of this novel is a hit-and-run incident that takes a man's life: was it just an accident, was it reckless driving, or was it perhaps murder? But The Other Americans is so much more than this mystery. It is a character study of all the people connected to the hit-and-ru...

    I became familiar with Laila Lalami through her writings for The Nation, and I have always thought very highly of her as a writer. I read The Moor's Account and was most impressed by her as a novelist as well. And she knocks it out of the park again in this tale depicting the immigrant...

    Lalami does a great job assuming the voice of multiple characters, and telling a story through multiple points of view...maybe too great of a job, in fact, because she juggles so many characters and stories that many are just left dangling with no resolution. I think if she had cut a c...

    very timely novel by a very accomplished morrocan-american writer... a very good premise - a hit-and-run accident in a small californian town, in which a morrocan immigrant dies - and a cast of characters, including his daughter nora, his widow, himself, a detective etc. tell the story...

  • Lou
    Mar 28, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

  • Beata
    Apr 07, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

  • Dan
    Apr 17, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

  • Roman Clodia
    Mar 31, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

    My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There?s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the p...

    3.5 stars: ?The Other Americans? Is an interesting read in that it?s billed a bit like a hit and run mystery that has an immigrant story as background. Or is the hit and run mystery the background of an immigrant?s story? This is a character-driven story that provides backgroun...

    When I started reading this book, I confess that it did not draw me very much and I was thinking that I would quickly finish it, put a middle rating to it and I would forget it very quickly. The story begins with a fatal car accident involving individuals from various minorities in the...

    Solid, straightforward, predictable "The present could never be untethered from the past, you couldn't understand one without the other." As is the case with the quotation above, this book tells us things that are true but that are hardly original or novel in any way. Part love s...

  • Meike
    Feb 16, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

  • Shigufa
    Apr 01, 2019

    Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they?ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of cha...

    Laila Lalami is gradually becoming one of the writers I am definitely going to follow. Her writing style and character development is exquisite and absolutely to my liking. The Other Americans does not belong to the page-turner category, but for me it was!! I could not put down this no...

    Now THAT is what I call a page-turner! Lalami's polyphonic novel revolves around the death of a Moroccan immigrant who got hit by a car in front of his restaurant - was this an accident and the driver (who fled the scene) didn't see his victim because it was already dark, or did he int...

    Moroccan-American novelist Leila Lalami is a multiple award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; here, she has essentially written a story exploring the secrets families keep and the diverse, multicultural cast were a joy to behold. However, my primary issue was the ever-changing point-...

    Laila Lalami?s The Other Americans is compulsively readable, carefully plotted, and well paced. Lalami fills it with empathy for her characters, even its least sympathetic and most despicable characters. Although not pollyannish, The Other Americans is the rare current novel that lea...

    The Other Americans was an all round pretty solid read, which missed the mark a little for this reader. The story hinges around the death of a Moroccan man, Driss, killed in a hit-and-run accident in the U.S., where he had lived for the past few decades with his family. We follow th...

    The Other Americans is a multilayered novel. It is all at once a family saga, a mystery, social commentary and a love story. Told from the perspectives of the victim, his immigrant family, neighbors and police, The Other Americans not only provides a clear lense for racial and class te...

    The title ? The Other Americans ? provides an undeniable clue as to what Laila Lalami wants to achieve in this, her third novel. The hit-and-run death of Moroccan diner owner Driss Guerraoui, creating seismic waves that introduce us to a cast of characters with his single daughter,...

    My perspective on reading this book is to forgo guessing what is going to happen, or trying to determine how accurate your suspicions. Just dive in and let it gently steal through you. There?s a Who and Why regarding a hit-and-run that resulted in death, which is the ballast of the p...

    3.5 stars: ?The Other Americans? Is an interesting read in that it?s billed a bit like a hit and run mystery that has an immigrant story as background. Or is the hit and run mystery the background of an immigrant?s story? This is a character-driven story that provides backgroun...

    When I started reading this book, I confess that it did not draw me very much and I was thinking that I would quickly finish it, put a middle rating to it and I would forget it very quickly. The story begins with a fatal car accident involving individuals from various minorities in the...

    Solid, straightforward, predictable "The present could never be untethered from the past, you couldn't understand one without the other." As is the case with the quotation above, this book tells us things that are true but that are hardly original or novel in any way. Part love s...

    ????? 2.5 stars (rounded down) I'm really disappointed by this book. It tells a predictable and unevenly paced story which focuses on flat stereotypes whose different point of views merge into one indistinguishable passive voice. Not a bad novel but...far from good. If ...

    Laila Lalami sets herself a formidable challenge inThe Other Americans, which focuses on the hit-and-run killing of an elderly Moroccan man in California.The book is narrated by no fewer than nine first-person point-of-view characters (with one random jump into second person), whos...

    I freely admit that I came to this book with expectations. Laila Lalami's last novel was a Pulitzer Finalist and I'd had it on my to-read list for a while so when I got my hands on an advance proof copy of her forthcoming book, I was excited to see what kind of writer she is. This ...

    Don?t approach ?The Other Americans?, by Laila Lalami, as a mystery to solve ?who done it?. The hit and run death at the beginning is merely the catalyst for an immediately arresting story about a group of interconnected characters ? ordinary Americans ? who have a variet...

    Pros-I enjoyed the various voices and perspectives in which the author tells the story. It was a nice change of pace. Cons-In these tumultuous times life can be painful, and messy and unfortunately ugly at times. This is a reality for everyone at one point or another. The main issu...

    I really liked Lalami's writing and her characters. While the novel did leave a few strands unconnected and a few characters unrealized, it was still thoroughly satisfying. ...

    At the center of this novel is a hit-and-run incident that takes a man's life: was it just an accident, was it reckless driving, or was it perhaps murder? But The Other Americans is so much more than this mystery. It is a character study of all the people connected to the hit-and-ru...

    I became familiar with Laila Lalami through her writings for The Nation, and I have always thought very highly of her as a writer. I read The Moor's Account and was most impressed by her as a novelist as well. And she knocks it out of the park again in this tale depicting the immigrant...

    Lalami does a great job assuming the voice of multiple characters, and telling a story through multiple points of view...maybe too great of a job, in fact, because she juggles so many characters and stories that many are just left dangling with no resolution. I think if she had cut a c...

    very timely novel by a very accomplished morrocan-american writer... a very good premise - a hit-and-run accident in a small californian town, in which a morrocan immigrant dies - and a cast of characters, including his daughter nora, his widow, himself, a detective etc. tell the story...

    3.75. Somewhat of a page turner, very good story and themes. But every few pages I thought of something else to do. I think for me I felt so much for each character and their points of view but found each of their stories boring at times. Maybe this doesn?t make sense but it?s how ...

    Loved it! ...

    4.5 Stars This book. It?s one of those that will stay with you. It?s intense but relatable and you just want more, yet the ending worked beautifully. Told from multiple points of views about the aftermath of a hit and run of an immigrant from Morocco. The points of view range fr...

    A tale about belonging and not belonging; wanting to leave but wanting to stay; looking from the inside out and then from the outside in. It is about prejudice and isolation in a community and within a family unit and even inside a marriage. With no fewer than 9 first person accounts,...

    Following the hit and run death of an elderly Moroccan man in a small town in the Mojave Desert, various people narrate The Other Americans chronologically and in the first person. The chapters are quite short so the perspective moves around a lot, but it is not hard to follow. The ...

    Okay, we can make it official . . . Laila Lalami is the most interesting author of English-language fiction in the world today. See, the last thing I anticipated when I downloaded "The Other Americans" was a good mystery. I loved "The Moor's Account," her breakthrough novel, which w...

    Incredible. Beautifully written, I felt as if the characters were telling only me their story and I was feeling each word. I loved the way so many characters shared their sides. Really really beautiful book. ...

    Look, I didn?t expect to finish The Other Americans the day that I picked it up? but I did and I loved it! This story, told from multiple POVs, follows the aftermath of a hit-and-run that kills the beloved patriarch of a Moroccan immigrant family. The story unfolds a little bit in ...