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
Laila Lalami recommends
Home Fire (2017)
"A searing novel about the choices people make for love, and for the place they call home."
The Beauty of Your Face (2020)
"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)
"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."
The Committed (2021)
(Sympathizer, book 2)
Viet Thanh Nguyen
"The Committed is a rich and exhilarating story of friendship, loyalty, and greed. Set in 1980s Paris, it follows the characters from The Sympathizer as they try to fashion new lives among all the wretched of the earth. Viet Thanh Nguyen gives us an unsparing look at the poisonous effects of ideologywhether colonialism, communism, or capitalismeven as he explores the deep-seated need we all have to believe in something. A deep, compelling and humorous portrait of how we are shaped by fictions others have for us."
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