Straight from the Horse's Mouth Straight from the Horse's Mouth

Straight from the Horse's Mouth

A Novel

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Publisher Description

Named a Best Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Public Library 

This hilarious, colorful portrait of a sex worker navigating life in modern Morocco introduces a promising new literary voice.

 
Thirty-four-year-old prostitute Jmiaa reflects on the bustling world around her with a brutal honesty, but also a quick wit that cuts through the drudgery. Like many of the women in her working-class Casablanca neighborhood, Jmiaa struggles to earn enough money to support herself and her family—often including the deadbeat husband who walked out on her and their young daughter. While she doesn’t despair about her profession like her roommate, Halima, who reads the Quran between clients, she still has to maintain a delicate balance between her reality and the “respectable” one she paints for her own more conservative mother.
 
This daily grind is interrupted by the arrival of an aspiring young director, Chadlia, whom Jmiaa takes to calling “Horse Mouth.” Chadlia enlists Jmiaa’s help on a film project, initially just to make sure the plot and dialogue are authentic. But when she’s unable to find an actress who’s right for the starring role, she turns again to Jmiaa, giving the latter an incredible opportunity for a better life.
 
In her breakout debut novel, Meryem Alaoui creates a vibrant picture of the day-to-day challenges faced by working people in Casablanca, which they meet head-on with resourcefulness and resilience.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2020
September 15
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
304
Pages
PUBLISHER
Other Press
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
6.4
MB

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