Laila Lalami, the author of Secret Son and Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, is an associate professor of creative writing at the university of California, Riverside. Her new novel, The Moor’s Account, will be published next year.
Tidy stories reducing the atrocity to a clash of civilizations or a problem with integration are neither enlightening nor satisfying.
The Childhood of Jesus explores the fictitious dimensions of a just and compassionate world.
Joseph Anton is a tale of betrayals: of free speech, communities, religion, marriages, personal convictions, friends.
Assailed by the right as a fiction, anti-Muslim bias is all too real for those who live with it.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers is a superb, empathic account of life in a Mumbai undercity.
In Assumption a murder mystery becomes a lesson in how much we do not know.
The king says his realm is a beacon of liberalism, but the people demand bread, and roses too.
What the debate over terrorists seems to miss is the personal dimension: personal failures and personal grievances of the lone gunmen.
The young people protesting in Arab capitals right now want a meaningful break with the status quo and, in many ways, that means a break from American support.