Literary fan and Hamptonite Sarah Jessica Parker has announced the first book acquisition under her imprint SJP for Hogarth. The book, tentatively titled A Place for Us is by Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Fatima Farheen Mirza and tells the story of an Indian-American family that is reunited the night before the eldest daughter’s wedding.
“I was thunderstruck by how timely this book was and that it’s not intentionally so,” Parker told the New York Times. Parker wants her imprint to be different than other celebrity book lines, focusing exclusively on literary fiction. “It’s in large part due to my mother and the fiction she read,” she explains.
Parker has also revealed her first pick for the American Library Association (ALA) Book Club Central initiative. No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts released earlier this year to critical acclaim, and Parker calls the book “deeply compelling and richly satisfying.” ALA describes the book as “an exploration of the American Dream among African Americans in the South. A story about the ghosts of the past and departed, as well as the lives of the living, the novel is a complex, post-integrationist tale that charts new territory.”
ALA Book Club Central is an online platform of reading resources, including recommendations, book lists and more for book clubs and readers. Parker will choose four books per year to be selected for the club. For more information on Book Club Central, visit bookclubcentral.org.