Written by Susan Azim Boyer
Published by St. Martin's Publishing Group
Two half-siblings who have never met embark on a search together for the Iranian immigrant and U.S. Army veteran father they never knew.
Samira Murphy will do anything to keep her fractured family from falling apart, including caring for her widowed grandmother and getting her older brother into recovery for alcohol addiction. With attendance at her dream college on the line, she takes a long shot DNA test to find the support she so desperately needs from a father she hasn’t seen since she was a baby.
Henry Owen is torn between his well-meaning but unreliable bio-mom and his overly strict aunt and uncle, who stepped in to raise him but don’t seem to see him for who he is. Looking to forge a stronger connection to his own identity, he takes a DNA test to find the one person who might love him for exactly who he is—the biological father he never knew.
Instead of a DNA match with their father, Samira and Henry are matched with each other. They begin to search for their father together and slowly unravel the difficult truth of their shared past, forming a connection that only siblings can have and recovering precious parts of their past that have been lost.
Brimming with emotional resonance, Susan Azim Boyer’s The Search for Us beautifully renders what it means to find your place in the world through the deep and abiding power of family.
Primary ISBN: 9781250833709
Publication Date: October 2023
Available As: Hardcover, eBook
Young Adult , Age 12 or older
Community Represented: Iranian/Iranian American
Themes: Cultural Empowerment & Joy: Identity, Family Relationship: Siblings, Family Separation: Living with Other Family or Friends, Generation: 2nd, Mental Health, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Trauma & Recovery: Substance Use
Setting: United States
Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: 2nd Generation
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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