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Laila Lalami

Biography

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.