The author draws us into heroine’s passionate and moving existence in this fateful story of an exile who has suffered disillusionment and disenchantment as well as moments of happiness and bliss.
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“I wanted to grasp the truth of a foreign woman who knows neither how to read or write, nor even speak properly. I needed to penetrate her solitude, which I consider absolute… I have to create the right speech for Dounia, neither Arabic nor French, but a generous language, one that is only understood with the heart.”
Abla Farhoud shows the anguish of uprooting, the trials and tribulations of immigrants who land empty-handed in a new country and who scratch out a home and livelihood through admirable patience and endurance.