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Men Don’t Cry

Men Don’t Cry

Author(s): Faïza Guène, Sarah Ardizzone (Translator)

Location(s): Paris, Nice

Genre(s): Coming of Age, Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

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Is it possible to make your own path in the world while upholding your family legacy? That’s the question at the heart of this tender and poignant coming-of-age story from the widely-acclaimed author of Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow.

Born in Nice to Algerian parents, Mourad is fuelled by the desire to forge his own destiny. His retired father spends his days fixing up things in the backyard; his mother, bemoaning the loss of her natal village in North Africa. Mourad lives in fear of becoming an overweight bachelor with salt and pepper hair, living off his mother’s cooking. When Mourad’s father has a stroke, he makes his son promise to reconcile things with his estranged sister Dounia, a staunch feminist and aspiring politician, who had always felt constrained living at home. Now living in the Paris suburbs himself, Mourad tracks down Dounia and battles to span the gulf separating her and the rest of the family.

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Author: Tina Hartas

This is a beautifully produced novel, from the cover that absolutely captures the feel of the book, to the French flaps that always lend a notion of quality. We explore the home life of...

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