Laila Lalami swings by the Paperhaus to talk about her new book Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits. Is it a short story collection? Is it a novel? Why aren't the Arabic words in the book italicized? The answers are all in the podcast.
Laila, aka moorishgirl, has gotten lots of terrific reviews of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, her first book, including one in People Magazine (!). My favorite, though, is Junot Diaz's bookjacket blurb: A dream of a debut, by turns troubling and glorious, angry and wise. With her spare elegant prose Lalami has constructed a world remarkable for its resilience, its vibrancy, its motion, and yes, its hope.