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Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami
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Jun 03, 07

Recommended for: everyone
Read in May, 2007

During, Before, and After. The core episode is an illegal attempt to cross a border, the Strait of Gibraltar, on a small boat. The book is a glimpse into the lives of ordinary Moroccans: a mother of three trying to escape an abusive, alcoholic husband; an unemployed college graduate trying to make a living as one of countless unsolicited tour guides on the streets of Tangiers; a smart, rebellious daughter who adopts the hijab against the wishes of her father, a corrupt government official; a failing student who is exiled for fear of being arrested for her Islamist leanings, but ends up as a prostitue in Spain. Stylistically, the book is a narrative of narratives, and defies the concept of a novel. A very short, easy read--definitely recommended! (And for fans of the author's blog, once known as MoorishGirl, what are you waiting for?)

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