If you’ve been looking for a way to explore foreign lands but don’t have the funds, do yourself a favor and pick up Laila Lalami’s Secret Son. From the time your finger flips open the first page, to the moment you read the final chilling lines, you’ll be transported to exotic Morocco. Lalami doesn’t miss a beat, taking you to the slums, the wealthy apartment, hotel bars and even America through the eyes of her Islamic characters, both young and old.

Follow Youssef as he journeys to discover the truth behind his past, future and birthright in the form of the father he never knew he had, and see just how his actions affect those around him and the larger political, social and cultural tensions of modern-day Morocco. For anyone who wants to bite into something worthwhile, Secret Son is not to be missed.

Grade: A

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