Sarah Jessica Parker Selects Novel About American Muslims For Her New Literary Imprint

2017 Obie Awards - Arrivals

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 22: Sarah Jessica Parker attends at the 2017 Obie Awards at Webster Hall

Source: Huffington Post

The novel by an up-and-coming writer tells the story of an Indian-American family in California.

Sarah Jessica Parker has chosen a novel by an emerging Desi writer as the first title in her new partnership with the international book publisher Penguin Random House.

The upcoming debut novel, tentatively-titled A Place for Us, is written by Fatima Farheen Mirza, a 26-year-old graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The novel revolves around the fictional marriage of a woman named Hadia, the eldest daughter of an Indian-American Muslim family living in California. It’s a love marriage, as opposed to a traditionally arranged marriage, which surfaces intergenerational tensions between the American-born children of the family and their immigrant parents.

In a press release, Penguin Random House described the book as a “poignant portrait of a family caught between two cultures, and a resonant story of faith, tradition, identity, and belonging in contemporary America” ― all themes that will resonate with Asian American readers.

The acquisition is Parker’s first foray into the realm of book publishing. In October, she teamed up with Hogarth, a transatlantic imprint of Penguin Random House, to create her own personal line of books: “SJP for Hogarth.” Working as editorial director, Parker seeks to publish fiction books by established writers and emerging voices.

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