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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  • Elyse Walters
    May 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

  • 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

    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-...

    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,...

    3.5 stars rounded up. It grew on me, and about 2/3 of the way through I felt as if I knew and was comfortable with many of the characters. There are too many for all of them to be fully realized, but Nora and Jeremy, who are the primary players, come through well. I didn't fully bu...

    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...

    ????? 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 ...

    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...

    In addition to the regular convoluted family dynamics of adult children, aging parents, and family tragedy, the Guerraoui?s are Moroccan immigrants dealing with all that comes from being an Arab in America. They are labeled as suspicious from the minute their name is pronounced. Thei...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Lalami is a versatile writer, to follow The Moor?s Account with this shifting POV novel about love, grief, the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and interconnected lives centered on a Moroccan-American family in a small town in the Mojave Desert. The tone is fairly cool and the charac...

    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 ...

    This beautifully written novel is about a hit and run that takes place in a small desert town in Southern California. Different narrators tell the story. The main two are Nora Guerraoui, the younger daughter of the victim, a composer who lives in Oakland, and Jeremy, a police officer w...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Keyona
    Apr 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

    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-...

    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,...

    3.5 stars rounded up. It grew on me, and about 2/3 of the way through I felt as if I knew and was comfortable with many of the characters. There are too many for all of them to be fully realized, but Nora and Jeremy, who are the primary players, come through well. I didn't fully bu...

    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...

    ????? 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 ...

    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...

    In addition to the regular convoluted family dynamics of adult children, aging parents, and family tragedy, the Guerraoui?s are Moroccan immigrants dealing with all that comes from being an Arab in America. They are labeled as suspicious from the minute their name is pronounced. Thei...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Lalami is a versatile writer, to follow The Moor?s Account with this shifting POV novel about love, grief, the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and interconnected lives centered on a Moroccan-American family in a small town in the Mojave Desert. The tone is fairly cool and the charac...

    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 ...

    This beautifully written novel is about a hit and run that takes place in a small desert town in Southern California. Different narrators tell the story. The main two are Nora Guerraoui, the younger daughter of the victim, a composer who lives in Oakland, and Jeremy, a police officer w...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    There's so much wrong with this book it's not even funny. I'm trying to figure out where all these 5 stars are coming from and if we all read the same book. This was a classic case of the author doing too damn much and not executing it properly. Every issue was completely surface level...

  • Thomas
    May 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

  • 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

    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-...

    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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

    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-...

    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,...

    3.5 stars rounded up. It grew on me, and about 2/3 of the way through I felt as if I knew and was comfortable with many of the characters. There are too many for all of them to be fully realized, but Nora and Jeremy, who are the primary players, come through well. I didn't fully bu...

    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...

    ????? 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 ...

    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...

    In addition to the regular convoluted family dynamics of adult children, aging parents, and family tragedy, the Guerraoui?s are Moroccan immigrants dealing with all that comes from being an Arab in America. They are labeled as suspicious from the minute their name is pronounced. Thei...

    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...

    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...

  • Dianne
    Jun 12, 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

  • 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

    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-...

    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...

  • Ana Lopes Miura
    Jun 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

    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-...

    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,...

    3.5 stars rounded up. It grew on me, and about 2/3 of the way through I felt as if I knew and was comfortable with many of the characters. There are too many for all of them to be fully realized, but Nora and Jeremy, who are the primary players, come through well. I didn't fully bu...

    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...

    ????? 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 ...

    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...

    In addition to the regular convoluted family dynamics of adult children, aging parents, and family tragedy, the Guerraoui?s are Moroccan immigrants dealing with all that comes from being an Arab in America. They are labeled as suspicious from the minute their name is pronounced. Thei...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Lalami is a versatile writer, to follow The Moor?s Account with this shifting POV novel about love, grief, the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and interconnected lives centered on a Moroccan-American family in a small town in the Mojave Desert. The tone is fairly cool and the charac...

    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 ...

    This beautifully written novel is about a hit and run that takes place in a small desert town in Southern California. Different narrators tell the story. The main two are Nora Guerraoui, the younger daughter of the victim, a composer who lives in Oakland, and Jeremy, a police officer w...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    There's so much wrong with this book it's not even funny. I'm trying to figure out where all these 5 stars are coming from and if we all read the same book. This was a classic case of the author doing too damn much and not executing it properly. Every issue was completely surface level...

    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...

    A mediocre novel told from nine different points of view which are completely indistinct from one another and that manages to cram together themes of immigration, racism, PTSD, isolation, drug use, alcoholism, infidelity, and family strife without delving into any of them. A huge di...

  • Judith E
    May 24, 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

    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-...

    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,...

    3.5 stars rounded up. It grew on me, and about 2/3 of the way through I felt as if I knew and was comfortable with many of the characters. There are too many for all of them to be fully realized, but Nora and Jeremy, who are the primary players, come through well. I didn't fully bu...

    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...

    ????? 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 ...

    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...

    In addition to the regular convoluted family dynamics of adult children, aging parents, and family tragedy, the Guerraoui?s are Moroccan immigrants dealing with all that comes from being an Arab in America. They are labeled as suspicious from the minute their name is pronounced. Thei...

  • Jan
    Jun 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

    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-...

    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,...

    3.5 stars rounded up. It grew on me, and about 2/3 of the way through I felt as if I knew and was comfortable with many of the characters. There are too many for all of them to be fully realized, but Nora and Jeremy, who are the primary players, come through well. I didn't fully bu...

    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...

    ????? 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 ...

    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...

    In addition to the regular convoluted family dynamics of adult children, aging parents, and family tragedy, the Guerraoui?s are Moroccan immigrants dealing with all that comes from being an Arab in America. They are labeled as suspicious from the minute their name is pronounced. Thei...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Lalami is a versatile writer, to follow The Moor?s Account with this shifting POV novel about love, grief, the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and interconnected lives centered on a Moroccan-American family in a small town in the Mojave Desert. The tone is fairly cool and the charac...

  • 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

    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-...

    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,...

    3.5 stars rounded up. It grew on me, and about 2/3 of the way through I felt as if I knew and was comfortable with many of the characters. There are too many for all of them to be fully realized, but Nora and Jeremy, who are the primary players, come through well. I didn't fully bu...

    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...

    ????? 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 ...

    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...

    In addition to the regular convoluted family dynamics of adult children, aging parents, and family tragedy, the Guerraoui?s are Moroccan immigrants dealing with all that comes from being an Arab in America. They are labeled as suspicious from the minute their name is pronounced. Thei...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Lalami is a versatile writer, to follow The Moor?s Account with this shifting POV novel about love, grief, the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and interconnected lives centered on a Moroccan-American family in a small town in the Mojave Desert. The tone is fairly cool and the charac...

    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 ...

    This beautifully written novel is about a hit and run that takes place in a small desert town in Southern California. Different narrators tell the story. The main two are Nora Guerraoui, the younger daughter of the victim, a composer who lives in Oakland, and Jeremy, a police officer w...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

    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-...

    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,...

    3.5 stars rounded up. It grew on me, and about 2/3 of the way through I felt as if I knew and was comfortable with many of the characters. There are too many for all of them to be fully realized, but Nora and Jeremy, who are the primary players, come through well. I didn't fully bu...

    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...

    ????? 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

    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-...

    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,...

    3.5 stars rounded up. It grew on me, and about 2/3 of the way through I felt as if I knew and was comfortable with many of the characters. There are too many for all of them to be fully realized, but Nora and Jeremy, who are the primary players, come through well. I didn't fully bu...

    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...

    ????? 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 ...

    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...

    In addition to the regular convoluted family dynamics of adult children, aging parents, and family tragedy, the Guerraoui?s are Moroccan immigrants dealing with all that comes from being an Arab in America. They are labeled as suspicious from the minute their name is pronounced. Thei...

    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...

  • 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

    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-...

    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,...

    3.5 stars rounded up. It grew on me, and about 2/3 of the way through I felt as if I knew and was comfortable with many of the characters. There are too many for all of them to be fully realized, but Nora and Jeremy, who are the primary players, come through well. I didn't fully bu...

    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...

    ????? 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 ...

    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...

  • Wendy
    May 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

    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-...

    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,...

    3.5 stars rounded up. It grew on me, and about 2/3 of the way through I felt as if I knew and was comfortable with many of the characters. There are too many for all of them to be fully realized, but Nora and Jeremy, who are the primary players, come through well. I didn't fully bu...

    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...

    ????? 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 ...

    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...

    In addition to the regular convoluted family dynamics of adult children, aging parents, and family tragedy, the Guerraoui?s are Moroccan immigrants dealing with all that comes from being an Arab in America. They are labeled as suspicious from the minute their name is pronounced. Thei...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Lalami is a versatile writer, to follow The Moor?s Account with this shifting POV novel about love, grief, the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and interconnected lives centered on a Moroccan-American family in a small town in the Mojave Desert. The tone is fairly cool and the charac...

    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 ...

    This beautifully written novel is about a hit and run that takes place in a small desert town in Southern California. Different narrators tell the story. The main two are Nora Guerraoui, the younger daughter of the victim, a composer who lives in Oakland, and Jeremy, a police officer w...

  • 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

    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-...

    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,...

    3.5 stars rounded up. It grew on me, and about 2/3 of the way through I felt as if I knew and was comfortable with many of the characters. There are too many for all of them to be fully realized, but Nora and Jeremy, who are the primary players, come through well. I didn't fully bu...

    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...

    ????? 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 ...

    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...

    In addition to the regular convoluted family dynamics of adult children, aging parents, and family tragedy, the Guerraoui?s are Moroccan immigrants dealing with all that comes from being an Arab in America. They are labeled as suspicious from the minute their name is pronounced. Thei...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Lalami is a versatile writer, to follow The Moor?s Account with this shifting POV novel about love, grief, the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and interconnected lives centered on a Moroccan-American family in a small town in the Mojave Desert. The tone is fairly cool and the charac...

    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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

    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-...

    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,...

    3.5 stars rounded up. It grew on me, and about 2/3 of the way through I felt as if I knew and was comfortable with many of the characters. There are too many for all of them to be fully realized, but Nora and Jeremy, who are the primary players, come through well. I didn't fully bu...

    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...

    ????? 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 ...

    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...

    In addition to the regular convoluted family dynamics of adult children, aging parents, and family tragedy, the Guerraoui?s are Moroccan immigrants dealing with all that comes from being an Arab in America. They are labeled as suspicious from the minute their name is pronounced. Thei...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Lalami is a versatile writer, to follow The Moor?s Account with this shifting POV novel about love, grief, the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and interconnected lives centered on a Moroccan-American family in a small town in the Mojave Desert. The tone is fairly cool and the charac...

    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 ...

    This beautifully written novel is about a hit and run that takes place in a small desert town in Southern California. Different narrators tell the story. The main two are Nora Guerraoui, the younger daughter of the victim, a composer who lives in Oakland, and Jeremy, a police officer w...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    There's so much wrong with this book it's not even funny. I'm trying to figure out where all these 5 stars are coming from and if we all read the same book. This was a classic case of the author doing too damn much and not executing it properly. Every issue was completely surface level...

    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...

  • 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

    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-...

    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,...

    3.5 stars rounded up. It grew on me, and about 2/3 of the way through I felt as if I knew and was comfortable with many of the characters. There are too many for all of them to be fully realized, but Nora and Jeremy, who are the primary players, come through well. I didn't fully bu...

    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...

    ????? 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 ...

    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...

    In addition to the regular convoluted family dynamics of adult children, aging parents, and family tragedy, the Guerraoui?s are Moroccan immigrants dealing with all that comes from being an Arab in America. They are labeled as suspicious from the minute their name is pronounced. Thei...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Lalami is a versatile writer, to follow The Moor?s Account with this shifting POV novel about love, grief, the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and interconnected lives centered on a Moroccan-American family in a small town in the Mojave Desert. The tone is fairly cool and the charac...

    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 ...

    This beautifully written novel is about a hit and run that takes place in a small desert town in Southern California. Different narrators tell the story. The main two are Nora Guerraoui, the younger daughter of the victim, a composer who lives in Oakland, and Jeremy, a police officer w...

    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...

  • 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

    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-...

    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...

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    Jun 04, 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

  • 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

    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-...

    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,...

    3.5 stars rounded up. It grew on me, and about 2/3 of the way through I felt as if I knew and was comfortable with many of the characters. There are too many for all of them to be fully realized, but Nora and Jeremy, who are the primary players, come through well. I didn't fully bu...

    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...

    ????? 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 ...

    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...

    In addition to the regular convoluted family dynamics of adult children, aging parents, and family tragedy, the Guerraoui?s are Moroccan immigrants dealing with all that comes from being an Arab in America. They are labeled as suspicious from the minute their name is pronounced. Thei...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Lalami is a versatile writer, to follow The Moor?s Account with this shifting POV novel about love, grief, the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and interconnected lives centered on a Moroccan-American family in a small town in the Mojave Desert. The tone is fairly cool and the charac...

    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 ...

    This beautifully written novel is about a hit and run that takes place in a small desert town in Southern California. Different narrators tell the story. The main two are Nora Guerraoui, the younger daughter of the victim, a composer who lives in Oakland, and Jeremy, a police officer w...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

    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-...

  • Kathleen
    Apr 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

  • 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...

  • Sunita
    May 04, 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

    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-...

    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,...

    3.5 stars rounded up. It grew on me, and about 2/3 of the way through I felt as if I knew and was comfortable with many of the characters. There are too many for all of them to be fully realized, but Nora and Jeremy, who are the primary players, come through well. I didn't fully bu...

  • 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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

    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-...

    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,...

    3.5 stars rounded up. It grew on me, and about 2/3 of the way through I felt as if I knew and was comfortable with many of the characters. There are too many for all of them to be fully realized, but Nora and Jeremy, who are the primary players, come through well. I didn't fully bu...

    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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...

    I expected more from this because I SO loved Lalami?s last book, The Moor's Account. I thought that was just brilliant. This is something completely different, a lackluster combination of domestic drama, light suspense, romance and immigration/cultural issues. Being neither one thing...

    A timely page-turner about a Moroccan family reunited by the death of their patriarch, Driss Guerraoui, a father who immigrated to the United States in search of a safer life. Nora, the younger of his two daughters and a jazz composer, returns home upon hearing about how her father die...

    Brilliant. Moroccan-American Lalami explores the issues of immigration, cultural diversity, and white resentment in a small town near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The hit-and-run death of Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant causes huge ripples across his family a...

    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-...

    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,...

    3.5 stars rounded up. It grew on me, and about 2/3 of the way through I felt as if I knew and was comfortable with many of the characters. There are too many for all of them to be fully realized, but Nora and Jeremy, who are the primary players, come through well. I didn't fully bu...

    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...

    ????? 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 ...

    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...

    In addition to the regular convoluted family dynamics of adult children, aging parents, and family tragedy, the Guerraoui?s are Moroccan immigrants dealing with all that comes from being an Arab in America. They are labeled as suspicious from the minute their name is pronounced. Thei...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.? The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter?s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. The pa...

    .....Men speaking in hushed voices in the mortuary .....An ingredient was always missing, but way too many different types of milk in America. ( I agree).... .....Maryam, ( widow), had to leave many Moroccan traditions behind. And the more that time passed....the more they mattered t...

    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...