Morocco: Moroccan-American Author Releases First Novel

Over the past few years since her first book, a collection of intertwined short stories entitled Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, was released, Laila Lalami has emerged as one of Morocco's best known authors. As few Moroccan writers’ work is translated into English, and even fewer female writers’, Lalami's books – penned in English – fill a gap in the connection between Moroccan literature and the west.

Lalami is also a blogger who is often quoted by Global Voices. In a recent post, she expressed excitement at the release of her new book, Secret Son, and shared an image of its cover:

As the publishing date for Secret Son comes closer, I find myself struggling to keep up with everything that is happening in the background: tour events, promotional trailer, advance reviews, foreign editions, and so on. Here, for instance, is the final cover for the novel, with bigger fonts and a more streamlined look:


the a la menthe, an American blogger whose primary blog focus is Morocco, also noted the release of Lalami's book and shared this book trailer:

The book will be available on April 21, 2009.

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