Secret Son

Secret Son

A Novel

Book - 2009 | First edition
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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.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781565124943
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 291 pages ; 22 cm


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May 07, 2018

In this novel, a young man is duped by both an Islamic group and the state. It is somewhat predictable and leaves some loose ends, but is not wrong.

bluedog8422 Oct 22, 2012

Would you go looking for a father that either never knew of your existence or just never cared to find out? Then if you met him one day, would you truly believe his intentions were of a good heart, or would you suspect he had a hidden agenda? How would you feel as an only child only to find out your father found the son of his dreams who he created while having an affair with the maid while your mother was pregnant with you? What a CUMBERSOME ending.

Sep 06, 2012

A story that illustrates the danger of family secrets and the damage to oneself when one embraces the untruths.

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