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Secret Son by Laila Lalami
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Jun 26, 2010

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This was a 3.5 star book for me. It involves the story of a young man in Morocco who grew up with a single mother in poverty. He learns about and then meets his father, who is affluent and powerful. If the book had stayed focused on the core relationships (mother/son; son/father), I would have loved it.

But the author wanted to say something larger about the politics in this country, and the relationship between western commerce and culture and Moroccan society. This leap into the political didn't fully work, and parts of the story seemed contrived.

And the ending....OH NO!

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