“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.”
—Elle

Book Reviews

  • On Riad Sattouf for the New York Times
  • On Mathias Énard for the Guardian
  • On Amitav Ghosh for the New York Times
  • On Kamel Daoud for the New York Times
  • On Nuruddin Farah for the New York Times
  • On Hooman Majd for the New York Times
  • On Leila Ahmed for the Los Angeles Times
  • On Jonathan Littell for the Los Angeles Times
  • On Elias Khoury for the Los Angeles Times
  • On M.G. Vassanji for the Chicago Tribune
  • On Marjane Satrapi for the Boston Globe
  • On Alison Bechdel for the Boston Globe
  • On Meg Mullins for the Washington Post
  • On Amitav Ghosh for The Oregonian
  • On Vikram Seth for The Boston Globe
  • On Zadie Smith for The Oregonian
  • On Salman Rushdie for The Oregonian
  • On Salman Rushdie for The Oregonian
  • On Luis Alberto Urrea for The Oregonian
  • On Reza Aslan for The Oregonian