Dimensions:7.98in x 5.71 x 0.64 in | 0.5 lb
Page Count:208 pages
AUTHOR: Lalami is a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, and “our finest contemporary chronicler of immigration and its discontents” (The Washington Post).
TIMELY SUBJECT: With white nationalism, anti-immigrant sentiment, and hate crimes on the rise, a powerful, thoughtful examination of the experience of “conditional citizens” could not be more necessary and Lalami delivers on every level. This is a searing and thought-provoking book for the current moment.
THE OTHER AMERICANS: Conditional Citizens is something of a companion volume to Lalami’s most recent novel, The Other Americans (“stunning”—The Atlantic), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Arab American Book Awards Fiction Prize.
BACKLIST: Both The Other Americans and Lalami’s novel The Moor’s Account, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, are available from Vintage as paperbacks and eBooks.
PRAISE: Conditional Citizens has received great reviews from all over. Entertainment Weekly raves that “by fusing deep research with lived experience, the book doesn’t just ask you to consider that the personal is political; it makes you marvel that anyone could still presume otherwise,” and Viet Thanh Nguyen calls it “an urgent, compelling, and persuasive book, written by one of our most important critics of the American character.”
“A searing look at the struggle for all Americansto achieve liberty and equality.” —The Washington Post
“A tightly packed examination of the whimsical nature of American citizenship…. Lalami’s writing refects a citizen who’s descried the matted underbelly of her adopted home, a citizen cautioning us that what we believe of ourselves, our laws, our country has and will shift to suit the ever-changing demands of power.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Sharp, bracingly clear…. [Conditional Citizens] doesn’t just ask you to consider that the personal is political; it makes you marvel that anyone could still presume otherwise." —Entertainment Weekly
“Political writing at its most effective, grounded in the author’s experience but turned outward, to the inequities (and worse) many Americans face as a matter of course.” —Los Angeles Times
“An urgent, compelling, and persuasive book, written by one of our most important critics of the American character. Lalami has given us a clear-eyed, evenhanded assessment of this country’s potential—and its limits—through her insightful notion of conditional citizenship. Her book is a gift to all Americans—if they are willing to receive it.”—Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer and Nothing Ever Dies
“Lalami’s passionate exploration shows that for citizens like herself, being treated as fully American is rarely a given. In striking prose, she explores the United States’ tortured history of questioning who belongs and forces us to examine the gap between the dream and the reality of American life.” —Time
“No-holds-barred…. [Lalami] thread[s] together the experiences of a breathtakingly diverse underclass.” —NPR
“An argument for active, equal United States citizenship…. [A] very strong book.” —The Boston Globe
“Probing, unflinching, and fiercely intelligent…. Laila Lalami writes with such sharp clarity and illuminating insight that reading this book was like encountering America for the first time.” —Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King
“The beautifully written personal stories…give Conditional Citizens a flair and warmth rare in a polemic about what’s wrong with America.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
“[A] propulsive, fascinating, and infuriating account of citizenship in the U.S…. Lalami treats this complex, incendiary topic with nuanced consideration and blistering insight.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Lalami shows how our nation’s schizophrenia toward immigrants—Immigrants built this great country! We are a nation of immigrants! Immigrants bring disease, crime and rob us of our jobs!—can give conditional citizens whiplash as they are simultaneously regarded as America’s best hope and its gravest threat, a combination of suspicion and rejection that Asians, Italians and the Irish, among others, have all faced.” —The New York Times Book Review
“[A] profound inquiry into the American immigrant experience…. Lalami offers essential insights into how racism and sexism function in American society.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“With great moral passion and intellectual verve, Lalami explores the questions the political volcanoes of our times have thrown at us…. She equips us with bracingly fresh resources to confront our terrible new age of mass deportations, border walls, and brutally enforced statelessness.” —Pankaj Mishra, author of Age of Anger