Secret Son

  • by Laila Lalami
  • Narrated by Lameece Issaq
  • 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Youssef el-Mekki, a young man of 19, 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.


What the Critics Say

"A powerful debut novel....The culture and politics of contemporary Morocco are well displayed in this beautifully written tale, with the talented Lalami deftly portraying Youssef's struggles for identity, work, and family. A brilliant story of alienation and desperation that easily transports readers to hot, dusty Casablanca; highly recommended." (Library Journal)


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i had high hopes for this but

.. for me, this has made no lasting impression. the best books (and there are many for me!!) linger for a long time aftwards.
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- Jaj

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-12-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios