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Laila Lalami


Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami is the author of HOPE AND OTHER DANGEROUS PURSUITS; SECRET SON; and THE MOOR'S ACCOUNT, which won the American Book Award, the Arab American Book Award, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Harper’s Magazine and The Guardian. A professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside, she lives in Los Angeles.

Laila Lalami

Books by Laila Lalami

by Laila Lalami - Fiction, Mystery

Late one spring night, Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant in California, is walking across a darkened intersection when he is killed by a speeding car. The repercussions of his death bring together a diverse cast of characters: Guerraoui's daughter Nora, a jazz composer who returns to the small town in the Mojave she thought she'd left for good; his widow Maryam, who still pines after her life in the old country; Efrain, an undocumented witness whose fear of deportation prevents him from coming forward; Jeremy, a former classmate of Nora and a veteran of the Iraq war; Coleman, a detective who is slowly discovering her son's secrets; Anderson, a neighbor trying to reconnect with his family; and the murdered man himself.

by Laila Lalami - Fiction, Historical Fiction

In 1527, a crew of six hundred men sailed from Spain, intending to claim for the Spanish crown what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States. Within a year there were only four survivors, including the slave, Estebanico. After six years of enslavement by Native Americans, the four men escaped and wandered through what is now Florida, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. The Moor's Account brilliantly captures Estebanico's voice and vision, showing how, contrary to popular belief, black men played a significant part in New World exploration