Praise and Reviews

“This deftly constructed account of a crime and its consequences shows up, in its quiet way, the pressures under which ordinary Americans of Muslim background have labored since the events of 9/11.”
—J.M. Coetzee

“Laila Lalami is a writer of uncommon conviction and tremendous insight.”
—Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Sympathizer.

“A provocative and gripping novel by a gifted writer.”
—John Boyne

“Lalami is in thrilling command of her narrative gifts, reminding readers why The Moor’s Account was a Pulitzer finalist…Nuanced characters drive this novel… Lalami expertly mines an American penchant for rendering the ‘other.’”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Lalami’s powerful third novel, after 2014’s Pulitzer Prize finalist The Moor’s Account, uses nine narrators to probe the schisms of American community….In a narrative that succeeds as mystery and love story, family and character study, Lalami captures the complex ways humans can be strangers not just outside their “tribes” but within them, as well as to themselves.”
—Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

““Lalami impressively conducts this chorus of flawed yet graceful human beings to mellifluous effect…An eloquent reminder that frame of reference is everything when defining the “other.””
—Booklist (starred review)

“Laila Lalami possesses the kind of effortless talent that makes writing seem easy. But few can match her ability to convey a substantial story so simply…. It’s a mixture of mystery and literature both, this moving exploration of immigration, community, and identity, and I can’t stop thinking about it. The Other Americans is the work of a master at the top of her game!”
—Powells Books, staff pick.

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