Stolen Lives, Malika Oufkir’s intensely moving account of her twenty-year imprisonment in a desert jail in Morocco, was a surprise international bestseller and translated into twenty-six languages. In Freedom, her eagerly anticipated follow-up, Malika reflects on her life before her cruel incarceration and the dramatic change in the world she discovered when she emerged.
Malika’s childhood was a storybook fantasy — reared in the palace alongside the king’s daughter, she enjoyed unfathomable luxury and privielege. In 1972, her ather was summarily executed for attempting to assassinate the despot, and she was locked away with her mother and siblings, who ranges ni age from nineteen to three years old.
After a harrowing escape, Malike and her family returned to reclaim their lost lives. Malike writes candidly about adjusting to this new world — from negotiating ATMs to the excesses of shopping malls to falling in love. She moves to Paris to begin a new life with her beloved husband, Eric, together they adopt a child, fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a mother. Oufkir’s long-term deprivation has given her a rare perspective on both her native country and the West, a hard-won wisdom and a keen sense of the ridiculous. Written with humor and accuracy, this is a mesmerizing survival story.
“Oufkir’s story is filled with hope . . . She grabs our attention with her observations and humor, reminding us of the basic freedoms we take for granted: friendship, love, and the ability to build the lives we dream about.” —Bookpage
“Honest and fascinating.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Oufkir’s bravery is astounding, her story both accessible and extraordinary.” —Ladies’ Home Journal
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