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Laila Lalami

Morocco (b.1968)

Laila Lalami is a Moroccan American novelist and essayist.

Lalami was born and raised in Rabat, Morocco, where she earned her B.A. in English from Université Mohammed V. She is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Non fiction
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2010) : Secret Son
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2015) : The Moor's Account

Laila Lalami recommends
The Night Counter (2009)
Alia Yunis
"A vibrant, moving story that blurs the boundaries of dream and reality, past and present, innocence and wisdom."
Home Fire (2017)
Kamila Shamsie
"A searing novel about the choices people make for love, and for the place they call home."
The Beauty of Your Face (2020)
Sahar Mustafah
"The indelible story of a Palestinian American woman whose life is torn apart by loss, finds solace in her faith, and faces a violent threat that tests how far she has come. Sahar Mustafah writes about family and community with compassion and sensitivity. The Beauty of Your Face is a gift to readers."
Book of the Little Axe (2020)
Lauren Francis-Sharma
"Book of the Little Axe is an epic novel that recreates the hybrid history of Native and African peoples during the era of American exploration and expansion. Lauren Francis-Sharma's care for her characters and skill with her subject shine through every page."

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