Description - Dreams from the Endz by Faiza Guene
24-year-old Ahl me (her name means 'dream' in Arabic) lives with her father, The Boss. He is half the man he was, since an accident on his building site stopped him working. Then there's Ahl me's brother, 16-year-old Foued, excluded from school and getting drawn into the world of drug-dealing on Uprising Estate. Ahl me battles with her family, the struggles and queues that come with being an immigrant, and the guilt-trips of distant relatives 'back home'. But when she returns - after a ten-year absence - to the country where her mother was massacred at a village wedding, she brokers a kind of truce, both with her homeland, and with the need to forge a future. Along the way, she stamps on that mythical version of Metropolitan France, a desperate fabrication put out by economic and political migrants and readily bought into by those left behind in Algeria. Guene explores what happens to people when a lid is put on their dreams, and acknowledges that, in very different ways, hope is being stifled on both sides of the Mediterranean. Dreams from the Endz is an extraordinary achievement- outspoken and sobering but - crucially - laced with hallmark wit. Faiza Guene illuminates the impac
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(214mm x 135mm x 14mm)
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Author Biography - Faiza Guene
Faiza Guene was born in France in 1985 to Algerian parents. She wrote her first novel, Just Like Tomorrow when she was 17 years old. It was a huge success in France, selling over 360,000 copies and translation rights around the world. She lives in Pantin, Seine-Saint-Denis, a suburb north of Paris.