A "touching, furious, sharp, and very funny" novel of an immigrant teenage girl finding her own identity in France (Booklist).
The Paradise projects are only a few metro stops from Paris, but it feels like a different world. Doria's father, aka the Beard, has headed back to their hometown in Morocco, leaving her and her mom to cope with their mektoub, their destiny, alone. They have a little help—from a social worker sent by the city, a psychiatrist sent by the school, and a thug friend who recites Rimbaud.
It seems like fate has dealt them an impossible hand, but Doria might still make a new life—"with bravado, humor, and a healthy dose of rage" (St. Petersburg Times).
"[A] sassy, spunky tale . . . Doria has what it takes to storm any barricade." —The Hartford Courant
"[Doria is] as likable as Holden Caulfield or Prep's Lee Fiora. Readers will cheer. Highly recommended." —Library Journal, starred review
"A promising addition to the world's literary voices." —The Miami Herald
"Moving and irreverent, sad and funny, full of rage and intelligence. Her voice is fresh, and her book a delight." —Laila Lalami, bestselling author of The Moor's Account