La Jolla, CA: On Wednesday, May 1st at 7:30pm Warwick‘s will host American Book Award winner, Arab American Book Award winner, and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Laila Lalami, to discuss and sign her new book, The Other Americans. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved seating is available. Only books purchased from Warwick‘s will be signed. Please call the Warwick‘s Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.
About the book: Late one spring night, Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant living in California, is walking across a darkened intersection when he is killed by a speeding car. The repercussions of his death bring together a diverse cast of characters: Guerraoui’s daughter Nora, a jazz composer who returns to the small town in the Mojave she thought she’d left for good; his widow, Maryam, who still pines after 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 Iraq 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, connections among them emerge, even as Driss’s family confronts its secrets, a town faces its hypocrisies, and love, messy and unpredictable, is born.