Laila Lalami Secret Son

ISBN 13: 9781565129795

Secret Son

3.44 avg rating
( 1,219 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781565129795: Secret Son
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Raised by his mother in a one-room house in the slums of Casablanca, Youssef El Mekki has always had big dreams of living another life in another world. Suddenly his dreams are within reach when he discovers that his father-whom he'd been led to believe was dead-is very much alive. A wealthy businessman, he seems eager to give his son a new start. Youssef leaves his mother behind to live a life of luxury, until a reversal of fortune sends him back to the streets and his childhood friends. Trapped once again by his class and painfully aware of the limitations of his prospects, he becomes easy prey for a fringe Islamic group.

In the spirit of The Inheritance of Loss and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Laila Lalami's debut novel looks at the struggle for identity, the need for love and family, and the desperation that grips ordinary lives in a world divided by class, politics, and religion.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

"Gives us an insider's view of the underlying turmoil of Morocco . . . A nuanced depiction of the roots of terrorism, written by someone who intimately knows one of the stratified societies where it grows." --The New York Times Book Review
"Lalami's depiction of Moroccan life in Secret Son, illuminating the social, political, religious and poverty issues facing its citizen--especially its still-hopeful young--is both sensitive and startling." --Los Angeles Times
"Lalami does an impressive job of concentrating on one young man's candide-like experiences among all sectors of a complicated society . . . She raises question after question--about privilege vs. poverty, Western commercialism vs. traditional ways, secularism vs. religion--without ever seeming to be doing more than telling a compelling story." --The Oregonian

A "powerful debut novel. . . .The culture and politics of contemporary Morocco are well displayed in this beautifully written tale, with the talented Lalami deftly portraying Youssef's struggles for identity, work, and family. A brilliant story of alienation and desperation that easily transports readers to hot, dusty Casablanca; highly recommended."--Library Journal, starred review

--Library Journal

"An absorbing tale."--Kirkus Reviews

--The Oregonian

About the Author:

Laila Lalami was born and raised in Morocco. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Nation, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship and was short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2006. She lives in Los Angeles.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781565124943: Secret Son

Featured Edition

ISBN 10: 1565124944 ISBN 13: 9781565124943
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2009
Hardcover

9780141042732: Secret Son

Penguin, 2011
Softcover

9780670918294: Secret Son

Viking, 2010
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

1.

Lalami, Laila
Published by Algonquin Books 2010-03-09 (2010)
ISBN 10: 1565129792 ISBN 13: 9781565129795
New Softcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
BookOutlet
(Thorold, ON, Canada)

Book Description Algonquin Books 2010-03-09, 2010. Softcover. Condition: New. Softcover. Publisher overstock, may contain remainder mark on edge. Seller Inventory # 9781565129795B

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
4.21
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.57
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

2.

Lalami, Laila
Published by Algonquin Books (2010)
ISBN 10: 1565129792 ISBN 13: 9781565129795
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)

Book Description Algonquin Books, 2010. Paperback. Condition: BRAND NEW. Seller Inventory # 1565129792_abe_bn

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
9.29
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Seller Image

3.

Lalami, Laila
Published by Algonquin Books 3/9/2010 (2010)
ISBN 10: 1565129792 ISBN 13: 9781565129795
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)

Book Description Algonquin Books 3/9/2010, 2010. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. Secret Son. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9781565129795

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
9.80
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

4.

Lalami, Laila
Published by Algonquin Books
ISBN 10: 1565129792 ISBN 13: 9781565129795
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Lakeside Books
(Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.A.)

Book Description Algonquin Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1565129792 BRAND NEW, GIFT QUALITY, DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER! NOT MARKED UP REMAINDERS OR DINGED AND DIRTY OVERSTOCKS!|VCF. Seller Inventory # OTF-S-9781565129795

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
6.80
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.04
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

5.

Lalami, Laila
Published by Algonquin Books
ISBN 10: 1565129792 ISBN 13: 9781565129795
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Vital Products
(Southampton, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Algonquin Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1565129792. Seller Inventory # Z1565129792ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
10.04
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Seller Image

6.

Lalami, Laila
Published by Algonquin Books
ISBN 10: 1565129792 ISBN 13: 9781565129795
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Mega Buzz
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Algonquin Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1565129792. Seller Inventory # Z1565129792ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
10.04
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

7.

Lalami, Laila
Published by Algonquin Books
ISBN 10: 1565129792 ISBN 13: 9781565129795
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Qwestbooks
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Algonquin Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1565129792. Seller Inventory # Z1565129792ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
10.04
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

8.

Laila Lalami
Published by Algonquin Books, United Kingdom (2010)
ISBN 10: 1565129792 ISBN 13: 9781565129795
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Algonquin Books, United Kingdom, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English. Brand new Book. Raised by his mother in a one-room house in the slums of Casablanca, Youssef El Mekki has always had big dreams of living another life in another world. Suddenly his dreams are within reach when he discovers that his father-whom he'd been led to believe was dead-is very much alive. A wealthy businessman, he seems eager to give his son a new start. Youssef leaves his mother behind to live a life of luxury, until a reversal of fortune sends him back to the streets and his childhood friends. Trapped once again by his class and painfully aware of the limitations of his prospects, he becomes easy prey for a fringe Islamic group. In the spirit of The Inheritance of Loss and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Laila Lalami's debut novel looks at the struggle for identity, the need for love and family, and the desperation that grips ordinary lives in a world divided by class, politics, and religion. Seller Inventory # AAS9781565129795

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
10.11
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

9.

Laila Lalami
Published by Algonquin Books, United Kingdom (2010)
ISBN 10: 1565129792 ISBN 13: 9781565129795
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Algonquin Books, United Kingdom, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English. Brand new Book. Raised by his mother in a one-room house in the slums of Casablanca, Youssef El Mekki has always had big dreams of living another life in another world. Suddenly his dreams are within reach when he discovers that his father-whom he'd been led to believe was dead-is very much alive. A wealthy businessman, he seems eager to give his son a new start. Youssef leaves his mother behind to live a life of luxury, until a reversal of fortune sends him back to the streets and his childhood friends. Trapped once again by his class and painfully aware of the limitations of his prospects, he becomes easy prey for a fringe Islamic group. In the spirit of The Inheritance of Loss and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Laila Lalami's debut novel looks at the struggle for identity, the need for love and family, and the desperation that grips ordinary lives in a world divided by class, politics, and religion. Seller Inventory # AAS9781565129795

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
10.39
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

10.

Laila Lalami
Published by Algonquin Books (2010)
ISBN 10: 1565129792 ISBN 13: 9781565129795
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Algonquin Books, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Seller Inventory # DADAX1565129792

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
11.44
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book