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Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint to debut with the story of an Indian Muslim family

US-based writer Fatima Mirza’s debut novel about an Indian Muslim family living in California will be the first title released by Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint for Hogarth, SJP.

books Updated: Jun 29, 2017 08:41 IST
Parker has called Fatima Mirza’s debut novel, which will be out in 2019,  a “heartrending and timely story” .
Parker has called Fatima Mirza’s debut novel, which will be out in 2019, a “heartrending and timely story” .(Justin Tallis/AFP Photo)

Sarah Jessica Parker has announced that her publishing imprint will release its first title in 2019. The debut novel by Fatima Mirza is being called a “heartrending and timely story” by the actress.

Tentatively called A Place for Us, Mirza’s novel focuses on the lives of an Indian Muslim family in California on the eve of the oldest daughter’s wedding. Her parents, gathered with the family for Hadia’s wedding, must come to terms with the choices their children have made in this “poignant portrait of a family caught between two cultures,” according to a statement.

Fatima Mirza, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, began the novel as a freshman in college. (Twitter)

Parker’s sub-imprint, SJP for Hogarth, was announced in late 2016, with the goal of publishing fiction by both established and emerging voices with “critical and commercial promise.” As editorial director, Parker is involved in all aspects of publishing, supported by Hogarth’s editorial team.

She said of Mirza’s book, “To be taken hostage by Fatima Mirza’s heartrending and timely story is a gutting pleasure. It allows her reader to better understand what it means to reconcile one’s love of family and culture with a desire to find one’s own path, and one’s own faith.”

Mirza, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, began the novel as a freshman in college.

“I was interested in exploring what it means when to be loyal to oneself is to betray the home you have come from, the bond between siblings as well as their betrayals, and the decisions that each character makes that determines not only their own destiny, but also the lives of their loved ones,” she says of her novel.

Parker joins Lena Dunham in venturing into publishing. Dunham, a writer, actress, producer and director launched Lenny, an imprint at Random House, in 2016, to publish new voices in fiction and non-fiction. Lenny’s first title, a collection of short stories by Jenny Zhang called Sour Heart is out on August 1.

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