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A Night in Morocco Fundraiser with Laila Lalami

 

Please join Access Books, one of our non-profit partners in literacy, for an evening in Morocco on Saturday, September 14th at a private residence in Beverly Hills. The event will include an evening of dinner, music, silent auction, and more under the lights of Morocco! The featured speaker is award-winning author and Pulitzer finalist, Laila Lalami. Guests will receive a copy of her most recent book, The Other Americans

All proceeds will benefit underserved school libraries and literacy programs in the greater Los Angeles area. To learn more about Access Books and to purchase tickets or to be a sponsor for the event, please visit their website.

Event Date: 
Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 6:00pm
Address: 
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Books: 
The Other Americans: A Novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781524747145
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Pantheon - March 26th, 2019

From the Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of The Moor’s Account, here is a timely and powerful novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant—at once a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story, informed by the treacherous fault lines of American culture.

Late one spring night, Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant living 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; Efraín, an undocumented witness whose fear of deportation prevents him from coming forward; Jeremy, an old friend of Nora's and an Iraq War veteran; 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.

As the characters—deeply divided by race, religion, and class—tell their stories, connections among them emerge, even as Driss’s family confronts its secrets, a town faces its hypocrisies, and love, messy and unpredictable, is born.