Secret Son

Secret Son

A Novel

eBook - 2010
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Workman Press.
Youssef el-Mekki, a young man of nineteen, is living with his mother in the slums of Casablanca when he discovers that the father he believed to be dead is, in fact, alive and eager to befriend and support him. Leaving his mother behind, Youssef assumes a life he could only dream of: a famous and influential father, his own penthouse apartment, and all the luxuries associated with his new status. His future appears assured until an abrupt reversal of fortune sends him back to the streets and his childhood friends, where a fringe Islamic group, known simply as the Party, has set up its headquarters.

In the spirit of The Inheritance of Loss and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Laila Lalami's powerful first novel explores the struggle for identity, the need for family, and the desperation that overtakes ordinary lives in a country divided by class, politics, and religion.




WW Norton
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.




Baker & Taylor
Follows Youssef El Mekki's journey from a childhood in poverty with his mother on the streets of Casablanca to a life of luxury with his father and back again.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565129375
1565129377
Branch Call Number: E-Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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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.

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faithjourney
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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