“Lalami’s thrilling debut novel follows four desperate people–a fanatical student, a gentle hustler, an abused wife, and a husband searching for decent wages–fleeing Morocco in a flimsy boat across the dangerous Strait of Gibraltar in a death-defying bid for freedom in Spain, a narrative journey that Lalami handles with a keen sense of history, hope, and panache.”


Laila interviewed by Bilal Qureshi at the National Book Festival:

Laila discusses Morocco and the Arab Spring at the Renaissance Society:

Laila’s appearance on Authors@Google:

Laila on Non Fiction for LARB:

Laila on Creative Writing: