From the Pulitzer Prize shortlisted author of The Moor’s Account, here is a timely, powerful new novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant, shortlisted for the National Book Award: The Other Americans is 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, he is hit and killed by a speeding car. The aftermath of his death brings together a diverse cast of characters: Guerraoui’s daughter Nora, a jazz composer returning to the small town in the Mojave she thought she’d left for good; her mother, Maryam, who still pines for her life in the old country; Efraín, an undocumented witness whose fear of deportation prevents him from coming forward; Jeremy, an old friend of Nora’s and an Iraqi War veteran; Coleman, a detective who is slowly discovering her son’s secrets; Anderson, a neighbor trying to reconnect with his family; and the murdered man himself. As the characters—deeply divided by race, religion, and class—tell their stories, each in their own voice, connections among them emerge. Driss’s family confronts its secrets, a town faces its hypocrisies, and love—messy and unpredictable—is born.