Description of the reading by Laila Lalami, University of California, Riverside, at the conference "Fez, Morocco, Crossroads of Knowledge and Power: Celebrating 1,200 Years of Urban Life."
A young man in a Casablanca slum discovers the truth about his father. A religious leader moves in the neighborhood, bringing with him an Islamic group known simply as the Party. A corrupt businessman decides to stop all communication with his daughter. The choices these men make will lead to disastrous consequences for them and others around them. An allegory of modern Morocco, Secret Son explores the struggle for identity and the myriad ways in which the political, the personal, and the religious bind us together.
Published: Tuesday, September 09, 2008
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