Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow

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Fifteen-year-old Doria isn't in a good place. Or to be precise: she's in the sadly misnamed Paradise Estate on the outskirts of Paris. Her father has gone off back Morocco to find a wife who can give him a boy, and her illiterate, non French speaking mother has to fend for herself with a cleaning job in a grim motel. What's more, her favourite soap star has turned out to be gay and it looks like the only school that is going to accept Doria is the one for future hairdressers. Still, it could be worse: Doria could be like Samra, the girl in the flat above, whose father doesn't let her out, or Youssef who has been banged up for a year for dealing in drugs and stolen cars. At least Hamoudi - twenty-eight and the coolest guy on the estate - is her friend. And at least she gets a free weekly session with psychologist Mrs Burland, who is about the only person who listens, even if she doesn't quite understand...In this brilliantly poignant and street-wise first novel, Faiza Guene has created an unforgettable voice. Doria is both clued up and innocent, acutely aware of what's in store for her and powerless to change it. She is funny, clever and tragically trapped. But in the end, her dogged determination not to be down-trodden and humiliated wins through and it looks like things can only get better.

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"A brazen and highly imaginative debut that shirks eloquence in search of realism with its teenage lingo and inflections." -- The Works

"France’s latest literary star…a charming novel where warmth and wit co-exist with down-to-earth attitude and determination" ***** -- Metro

"Guène’s writing voice brims over with Doria’s abrasive but bruised personality." -- New Statesman, Lynsey Hanley

"Her sharply funny book deals with violence, drugs and unemployment without recourse to well-worn clichés..." -- Dazed & Confused

"Sarah Adams has done a magnificent job [translating]… Doria is a charming, witty, ferocious heroine" -- Financial Times

"entertaining as well as searing…this is literature that needs to be read" -- Independent, Nicholas Tucker

"sassiness and sensitivity"
-- Independent Christmas Books.

fresh, uplifting funny fiction from modern life
-- Metro - Best Debut Novels of 2006

‘Touted as the Gallic answer to Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, Just Like Tomorrow by Faiza Guene is a funny-yet-poignant novel’. -- Sunday Telegraph

‘her imaginative, wry take on the world around her makes this a funny, tender and totally uplifting read’ -- Eve Magazine

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A brilliantly poignant and street-wise first novel by a young rising star.

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