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...
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books; Reprint edition (March 9, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
Amazon Rank: 2509871
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“This is a tale that, in other variations, could happen in any inner city slum. This is the story of Youssef, who lives in a slum in Casablanca with his "widowed" mother. The story is told against a background of hopelessness in a country where a goo...”
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